retail

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verb

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

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to sell at retail
retailer noun

retail

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noun

re·​tail ˈrē-ˌtāl How to pronounce retail (audio)
: the sale of commodities or goods in small quantities to ultimate consumers
also : the industry of such selling

retail

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adjective

re·​tail ˈrē-ˌtāl How to pronounce retail (audio)
: of, relating to, or engaged in the sale of commodities at retail
retail trade

retail

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adverb

re·​tail ˈrē-ˌtāl How to pronounce retail (audio)
: in small quantities : from a retailer
Phrases
at retail
1
: at a retailer's price
2

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Styles was spotted with The Row’s luxe leather Margaux bag in tow, which retails for $4,390. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 22 Feb. 2024 An annual membership to Sam’s Club normally retails for $50, but through Feb. 23, new members can get it for just $20. Stack Commerce, Popular Science, 21 Feb. 2024 The hatchling, a male, would retail for fifteen thousand dollars and be posted on MorphMarket, an e-commerce site for reptiles. Rebecca Giggs, The New Yorker, 19 Feb. 2024 Harvey went for comfy chic in an iridescent tweed white, black & silver jumpsuit from Chanel's Spring-Summer 2024 pre-collection, retailing for $7,050. Hedy Phillips, Peoplemag, 8 Feb. 2024 In fact, Nvidia announced new cards with a focus on AI at CES 2024; the RTX 4080 Super, which will retail for US $999 starting on 31 January, quotes AI performance of up to 836 TOPS. Neuchips, however, sees an opening. IEEE Spectrum, 9 Jan. 2024 Over at Louis Vuitton, leather origami flowers retail for $375. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 3 Jan. 2024 The top sub-sectors were retailing, consumer services, and media, while pharmaceuticals, materials, and diversified finance were the worst. Brendan Ahern, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 The actor also made a style statement that same month when he was photographed wearing the Plaid Work Shirt, which retails for $645 and is made of cashmere (of course) while out on a stroll in N.Y.C. Hedy Phillips, Peoplemag, 6 Feb. 2024
Noun
John Shapiro gave me a few key initial considerations pertaining to the use of the mixed reality devices in retail, as well as in the longer term as independent retailers are able to deploy other solutions. 1. Walter Loeb, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 The affordable residences are part of Stevens Creek Promenade in San Jose, a big mixed-use development that will feature housing, retail and a hotel. George Avalos, The Mercury News, 22 Feb. 2024 The $450 million megaproject includes 431 apartments, 280,000-square-feet of office space, five floors of underground parking and 19,000-square-feet for retail on the ground floor. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Feb. 2024 Online shopping continued to revolutionize retail in the 2010s, for instance, but both industry and overall productivity gains were modest. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, 21 Feb. 2024 Each decanter, and its accompanying experience, retails for $850. Robb Report Studio, Robb Report, 20 Feb. 2024 But Martinez, who had a long history in retail before striking out on his own, has chosen a much different model for his latest venture. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 17 Feb. 2024 The billionaire pair, whose joint net worth was estimated to be just over £5 billion ($6.3 billion) last year, have made a name for themselves in British retail. Prarthana Prakash, Fortune Europe, 14 Feb. 2024 Industries where trafficking victims are forced to work include hospitality, restaurants, agriculture, construction, landscaping, factories, home care, salons, massage parlors, retail, janitorial and many more, officials said. Julia Marnin, Sacramento Bee, 13 Feb. 2024
Adjective
The five meats recalled by Don Novo & Son were sold under the Don Novo brand in retail stores throughout Florida. David J. Neal, Miami Herald, 16 Feb. 2024 The housing tower would also feature 11,800 square feet of ground-floor retail space, the plans show. George Avalos, The Mercury News, 16 Feb. 2024 The latest release is a new global travel retail exclusive whiskey that is only available in Singapore. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 16 Feb. 2024 With beauty retail stalwart, The Body Shop, going into administration in the UK this week, the importance of the need for a beauty and wellness brand to be agile, is made clear. Kate Hardcastle, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 Incidents of retail crime hit the San Francisco Bay Area hard between 2020 and 2022, but the city saw those crimes dwindle last year. Anabel Sosa, Los Angeles Times, 16 Feb. 2024 Although California enacted a ban on plastic bags in 2015, it is limited to grocery stores, retail stores with a pharmacy, convenience stores, food marts and liquor stores. Lauren J. Mapp, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Feb. 2024 Sage’s wife, Vida, and Nizam handle the retail side, which includes a line of half-smokes and chili at Giant grocery stores. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024 There’s nothing like a little retail therapy to brighten up even the dreariest of winter days. Amanda Oliver, Peoplemag, 3 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of retail was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Retail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/retail. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

retail

1 of 4 verb
re·​tail ˈrē-ˌtāl How to pronounce retail (audio)
: to sell in small amounts to people for their own use
retailer noun

retail

2 of 4 noun
: the sale of products or goods in small quantities to people for their own use

retail

3 of 4 adjective
: of, relating to, or engaged in selling by retail
retail stores

retail

4 of 4 adverb
: in small quantities : from a retailer

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