retail

verb
re·​tail | \ˈrē-ˌtāl, 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 \

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 \

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 \

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 Nintendo Switch currently retails for $300, while an iPhone XS starts at $1,000 for the baseline model. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Fortnite runs at 60 fps on Apple’s newest iPhones," 27 Nov. 2018 And given that nothing in the collection will retail for more than three figures, Equipment is clearly keeping affordability in the frame, too. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, "Equipment Goes Beyond the Basic With Its First Full Ready-to-Wear Collection," 29 Sep. 2018 As with all Savage X Fenty drops, the capsule comes in a size-inclusive range of XS through 3X. The tank top and bikini bottom are sold as a set for $63, while the robe retails for $68. Ana Colón, Glamour, "Rihanna Designed a Savage X Fenty Lingerie Capsule to Benefit Her Foundation—And Everything's Under $100," 21 Sep. 2018 When purchased separately, the complete collection would retail for $168, but for Black Friday, ABH is offering all four for $90. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Anastasia Beverly Hills Will Sell a Discounted Eyeshadow Palette Collection for Black Friday," 16 Nov. 2018 The style retails for $280, proving fashion fit for royalty comes at all costs. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark, Breaks Convention With a Pair of Sporty Sneakers," 8 Nov. 2018 The Vanity Case retails for $110 and comes in five colors — cobalt blue, oxblood, millennial pink, pinky-beige, and white — all chosen by Martin and the Cuyana founders so there would be an option for everyone, regardless of taste, age, or gender. Sophia Panych, Allure, "Makeup Artist Daniel Martin Launches a Genius Travel Makeup Bag With Cuyana," 1 Nov. 2018 The Lola table retails for $1,155 and features a square (36 inch by 36 inch) marble tabletop, on a gold metal base with bars that form triangle cutouts to give it a cool, almost diamond-like shape. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "This Gold Marble Coffee Table Will Glam Up Your Living Room," 23 Oct. 2018 The 2017 Domaine de Cala Classic retails for $16, while the 2017 Domaine de Cala Prestige sells for $25 retail. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "Why You Should Consider the House Wine," 17 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Like the 4-star stores, the company’s physical bookstores, and its Whole Foods subsidiary, Amazon Go is the e-commerce giant’s attempt to expand its footprint beyond online retail and into the real-world. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Amazon opens another 4-star store in Berkeley, California," 5 Nov. 2018 The union represents 6,500 janitors, security officers, and retail and stadium workers in the state, including about 1,000 workers at Sea-Tac, according to Erin Sroka, its spokeswoman. Agueda Pacheco-flores, The Seattle Times, "Sea-Tac Airport service workers to rally for health-care coverage Tuesday," 2 Oct. 2018 Just off Plant Street, 26,000-square-foot Tremaine Boyd building is under construction on South Boyd Street, which will have 22 apartments as well as 8,000 square feet for retail and restaurants. Kyle Arnold, OrlandoSentinel.com, "6 new things to check out in Winter Garden and 3 coming soon," 13 July 2018 Almost unfailingly, the ground floor is reserved for retail and restaurants. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Restaurant Review: Detroit's Empire Kitchen & Cocktails has no clothes," 12 July 2018 Not included in the deal are residential condominiums, retail and restaurant space, the 360 Chicago observatory and broadcast antennas atop the tower — all of which have separate owners. Ryan Ori, chicagotribune.com, "Former John Hancock Center is getting a new owner: Sterling Bay," 12 July 2018 The departures level would offer 31,000 square feet, composed of the passenger waiting areas and retail and concession space, an elevator and restrooms. Colin Campbell, baltimoresun.com, "BWI proposes expedited, $60 million concourse expansion for Southwest Airlines," 10 July 2018 More events might keep the stadium open year-round for retail and food and drink availability, depending on the type of renovation or expansion Tepper has in mind. Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "New Panthers stadium? Practice facility? David Tepper makes it clear change is coming," 10 July 2018 SoccerCity is a $4 billion plan to build a soccer stadium, housing, retail and a river park on the city land. Phillip Molnar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Judge needs more time to review SDSU West's stadium ballot initiative," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But after the meals come Black Friday, the retail industry’s biggest sale event, which will begin offering doorbuster discounts at 5PM ET, Thanksgiving Day (November 22nd). Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "The Verge Guide to Black Friday," 20 Nov. 2018 Julie, a retail manager and mother of one toddler, tells me. Jessica Delfino, SELF, "Do Women Really 'Forget' the Pain of Childbirth? Because I Sure Didn’t," 13 Nov. 2018 Betabrand, a retail clothing company and online community that makes crowdsourced and crowdfunded products, has become known for its dress pant yoga pants. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "Betabrand Makes These Buzzy "Dress Pant Yoga Pants" — And We Tried Them Out for You," 15 Oct. 2018 According to an interview with TIME Money, the two moms quit their retail jobs to run their Instagram account—a full-time job that pays their bills through sponsored content and advertisements. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Here Are The Best Days To Shop At Target, Based On What You’re Looking For," 12 Oct. 2018 After some retail therapy earlier this week, today Pippa Middleton was spotted buying groceries and running errands around London. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Pippa Middleton Wore an Adorable Polka Dot Dress While Out Grocery Shopping," 10 Oct. 2018 The retail industry, for instance, a traditional place for teenagers to land summer work, is shifting away from brick and mortar stores and toward online sales, Mr. Challenger said. Ann Carrns, New York Times, "The Virtues of a Summer Job," 13 July 2018 The retail industry’s woes were also reflected in employment, as vendors cut 21,600 positions, the biggest drop since December. Fortune, "U.S. Added 213,000 Jobs in June as Unemployment Rose From an 18-Year-Low," 6 July 2018 Amazon has been testing the phone app version of Echo Look as one of its many inroads into the retail clothing industry. Janelle Nanos, BostonGlobe.com, "Amazon dressed me for a week. Here’s what I learned.," 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

Statistics for retail

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

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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

: 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 \
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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