retail

verb
re·​tail | \ ˈrē-ˌtāl How to pronounce retail (audio) , especially for sense 2 also ri-ˈtāl\
retailed; retailing; retails

Definition of retail

 (Entry 1 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to sell in small quantities directly to the ultimate consumer
2 : tell, retell

intransitive verb

: to sell at retail

retail

noun
re·​tail | \ ˈrē-ˌtāl How to pronounce retail (audio) \

Definition of retail (Entry 2 of 4)

: the sale of commodities or goods in small quantities to ultimate consumers also : the industry of such selling
at retail
1 : at a retailer's price

retail

adjective
re·​tail | \ ˈrē-ˌtāl How to pronounce retail (audio) \

Definition of retail (Entry 3 of 4)

: of, relating to, or engaged in the sale of commodities at retail retail trade

retail

adverb
re·​tail | \ ˈrē-ˌtāl How to pronounce retail (audio) \

Definition of retail (Entry 4 of 4)

: in small quantities : from a retailer

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Other Words from retail

Verb

retailer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for retail

Synonyms: Verb

deal (in), market, merchandise (also merchandize), put up, sell, vend

Antonyms: Verb

buy, purchase

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Examples of retail in a Sentence

Verb

We retail clothing at the best possible prices. jewelry that retails from $100

Noun

She has a job in retail.

Adjective

Is that price retail or wholesale?

Adverb

You usually have to pay more if you buy something retail than if you buy it wholesale. The product sells retail for about $100.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The pair of Air Jordans is supposed to retail for $175. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Travis Scott's Net Worth Is Absolutely Insane," 3 May 2019 The nude Spandex dress Kylie wore is by My Style Mode — a favorite of the Kardashian/Jenners —and retails for a mere $58. Charles Manning, Cosmopolitan, "Can You Spot Kylie Jenner's Nipples in This Dress?," 1 Sep. 2016 Back in December 2018, Olivia Jade had released the six-color Olivia Jade x Sephora Collection Bronze & Illuminate Palette, which retailed for $28. Glamour, "Sephora Cut Ties With Olivia Jade Amid the College Admissions Scandal," 14 Mar. 2019 The first of two styles, which retail for $495, are a pair of black sandals with the 'VLTN' logo across the side in white. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Valentino Birkenstocks Are Now Available to Shop for $495," 27 Feb. 2019 For all three of their children, Kate Middleton and Prince William used Britax Baby Safe Car Seat, which retails for around 200 dollars. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "How Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Outfit Their New Child? A Look Back at Royally Beloved Baby Accessories," 28 Jan. 2019 In a factory at the company’s headquarters in Solingen, on the outskirts of the Ruhr industrial district, the company produces knives for the U.S. market, which can retail for $100 to $500. Tom Fairless, WSJ, "A Tale of Two Companies—and Two Countries," 20 Jan. 2019 All four styles, which retail for $89 a set, have been sold out since their launch in August 2018. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Marie Kondo's Massive Net Worth Proves That It Pays to Keep a Tidy House," 16 Jan. 2019 At the time, there were more questions about LiveWire than there were answers, but Harley has finally released details on the bike, which will reportedly retail for $29,000 when the company starts fulfilling orders in the fall. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Harley-Davidson's LiveWire Electric Bike Is Here—And Very Expensive," 7 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Items in the summer line retail between $16 to $35, and will be available for purchase on Fenty Beauty's website, Sephora, and Harvey Nichols. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Fenty Beauty Announced Its Summer Collection," 4 May 2019 An impulse to spend money is also on the table, so be aware of that when participating in retail therapy. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What May’s Taurus Horoscope Means for You," 30 Apr. 2019 Sizes range from small to extra large and retail from $208 to $218. Glamour, "Hatch Is Releasing New Maternity Swimwear—Just in Time for Summer," 30 Apr. 2019 And bargain shoppers can purchase from the Online Sample Sale section of the site at up to 75% off retail. Annemarie Conte, Woman's Day, "Rent the Runway Kids Is Launching Next Week, and Your Daughters' Clothes Just Got 100% Cooler," 8 Apr. 2019 As a mogul used to running a grocery retail and investment empire, however, he was driven to try and control the narrative. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "Why It Makes Perfect Sense That Billionaire Ron Burkle Would Buy The Enquirer," 11 Apr. 2019 The antiquated optometric model doesn’t seamlessly marry medical, retail, and the modern consumer. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This New Startup Wants to Bring Eye Care to the Forefront of Wellness Culture," 5 Apr. 2019 Those demographics have been changing for a long time, and as a recent study by the Center for American Progress found, 76% of the U.S. working class holds service jobs in industries like retail and health care. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "What the "Working Class" Is, and How It's Politicized," 13 Dec. 2018 Krista Fabregas, retail and shopping analyst at Fit Small Business, notes that shoppers shouldn't get their savings hopes up on these items on Prime Day: Apple devices. Nicole Spector /, NBC News, "How to get the most out of Amazon Prime Day without overspending," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But most Shark Tank hopefuls are eager to take the plunge with Lori as a partner, as her business ventures have made more than $870 million in retail sales. Marie Milano, Country Living, "'Shark Tank' Star Lori Greiner's Husband Dan Has Always Supported Her Career," 5 May 2019 While the company has not confirmed an official launch date or retail partners yet, look for more details coming out soon. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Is the Impossible Burger Actually Healthy? A Nutritionist Weighs In on the Ingredients," 29 Apr. 2019 Her accreditation as an outdoor climbing instructor and her membership in the American Mountain Guides Association often gets her up to 50% off retail prices on gear. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "An Elite Ice Climber’s Year-Round Workout," 23 Feb. 2019 West Elm set a retail price of $165 for the plant stand. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How Trump’s tariffs are affecting the furniture industry," 7 Aug. 2018 Experts say retail gas prices in California, which already were among the highest in the nation, have risen by as much as 15 cents a gallon. Dale Kasler, sacbee, "California beats its 2020 goals for cutting greenhouse gases," 11 July 2018 Here’s another good benchmark to know: The retail price for most airline miles is between 2.5 cents and 3.5 cents per mile, including taxes. Matthew Bennett, USA TODAY, "Save up to 88% by buying miles for premium flights," 10 July 2018 But there is no way to impose tariffs on $250 billion (let alone $450 billion) worth of Chinese products without drastically increasing retail prices for American consumers. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "On Eve of Trade War, China Warns That Trump’s Tariffs Will Backfire," 5 July 2018 There were LeBron James jerseys in assorted colors hanging inside the Cavaliers team shop, their retail price slashed by 40 percent. Tom Withers, chicagotribune.com, "Cleveland hurting after LeBron chooses L.A., Lakers," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of retail

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1601, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

1784, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for retail

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French retaille cutting, deduction, retail, from retailler to cut out, from re- + tailler to cut — more at tailor

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retail

retail credit

retailing

retailment

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retail

verb

English Language Learners Definition of retail

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: to sell (something) to customers for their own use
: to be sold to the final customer for a specified price
formal : to tell (something) to one person after another : to tell (something) again

retail

noun

English Language Learners Definition of retail (Entry 2 of 4)

: the business of selling things directly to customers for their own use

retail

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of retail (Entry 3 of 4)

: relating to the business of selling things directly to customers for their own use

retail

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of retail (Entry 4 of 4)

: in a store that sells things directly to customers for their own use : from a retailer

retail

verb
re·​tail | \ ˈrē-ˌtāl How to pronounce retail (audio) \
retailed; retailing

Kids Definition of retail

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to sell in small amounts to people for their own use

Other Words from retail

retailer noun

retail

noun

Kids Definition of retail (Entry 2 of 3)

: the sale of products or goods in small amounts to people for their own use

retail

adjective

Kids Definition of retail (Entry 3 of 3)

: relating to or engaged in selling products in small amounts to people for their own use retail stores

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