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 shorts retail for $385 (custom vintage denim doesn't come cheap!) and, unfortunately, are only available in sizes 23 through 29. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "CIE Denim Created Upside-Down Shorts," 3 July 2018 Last year Goltz bought the former Rivertree Court movie theater, which was operating as Gordmans retail store since 2011. Rick Kambic, chicagotribune.com, "Raising Cane's looks to bring its chicken fingers to Vernon Hills," 15 June 2018 Now there are all sorts of hybrid models for retailing out there that combine online and in-person shopping experiences. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Maybe the ‘Gig Economy’ Has Not Arrived – Yet," 9 June 2018 Many traditional chains like Penney continue to struggle as spending moves to the web and Amazon.com Inc. squeezes retailing profits. Sarah Nassauer, WSJ, "J.C. Penney CEO Quits to Join Lowe’s," 22 May 2018 Here is what many wildland firefighters carry, and what the equipment retails for. Brieanna J Frank, azcentral, "Crews stop spread of northern Arizona wildfire," 28 June 2018 The Daily Mail reported that the army green anorak-style jacket came from Zara and retailed for $39. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Melania Trump's 'I don't care' jacket causes stir on border visit," 21 June 2018 The tie de resistance, however, is coated in 100 diamonds and retails for about $70,000. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "In Our Sweatshirted Times, These Brands Are Going All In on Extreme Luxury," 18 June 2018 The device launches June 7 on georgialouise.com and retails for $165. Sophie Wirt, Allure, "Exclusive: Celebrity Facialist Georgia Louise Launches At-Home Galvanic Current Device," 7 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Yogurtland: From 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, get a buy-one-get-one free deal at all U.S. locations. Kelly Tyko is a consumer columnist and retail reporter for Treasure Coast Newspapers and TCPalm.com, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "What's the scoop? See the deals Sunday for National Ice Cream Day," 13 July 2018 Mukesh Ambani earned a reputation for executing large-scale projects and played a crucial role in taking the company into refining and petrochemicals in the 1990s and then telecom and retail in the 2000s. Fortune, "8 Things to Know About Mukesh Ambani, Asia's Newest Richest Man," 13 July 2018 In May, Yildiz Holding, a food and retail company, rescheduled an estimated $5.5 billion in debt, pledging some of its assets as collateral. David Gauthier-villars, WSJ, "New Turkish Finance Minister Vows to Fight Inflation," 13 July 2018 In recent retail-banking takeovers in Italy and Spain, Ms Stoklosa says, buyers have identified savings of 20-30% of the target institutions’ costs. The Economist, "Why the euro zone hasn’t seen more cross-border bank mergers," 12 July 2018 USA Today reports its a Cartier Panther ring, which retail at over $25,000. Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, "Is Pamela Anderson Engaged? Actress Seen with Large Ring as She Supports Boyfriend at World Cup," 12 July 2018 The album benefits from sale pricing and promotion at digital retail. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Ella Mai's 'Ready' Hits Top 40 for First Time," 12 July 2018 At one extreme, ASOS, a global fashion hub for 20-somethings, can add up to 4,500 items daily to its website, said Deborah Weinswig, CEO of retail think tank Coresight Research. Lorraine Mirabella, baltimoresun.com, "Fast fashion fuels sustainable-apparel movement," 11 July 2018 The bank will take 90,000 square feet in the new SunTrust Tower, which has another 110,000 square feet of office space along with an AC Hotel by Marriott, a SunRail station, meeting space and retail in the 28-story building under construction. Bill Zimmerman, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Drop in Metro Orlando office occupancies could get worse, analyst says," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Founded in 1957, Galdisa produces and sells peanuts and peanut products for industrial, wholesale, and retail markets in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Mexican peanut company opens Conroe plant," 3 July 2018 The market’s second floor would feature a blend of other retail, such as a coffee shop, a bar or tavern, an ice cream parlor and booths selling jewelry, flowers, stationery and spices. Jenna Carlesso, Courant Community, "Parkville Market Project Attracting Substantial Interest From Food Vendors, Restaurants Around Hartford," 3 July 2018 Grand Morton Town Center will have 600,459 square feet retail, restaurant and medical office space upon completion. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "California car wash chain to build in new Katy retail center," 2 July 2018 An ad for the Broadway site posted by WRS Real Estate lists the buildings at around 10,000 square feet of retail space, down from V Street’s 15,000. Claire Morgan, sacbee, "Looking for fish? Sunh is moving back to Broadway," 12 July 2018 Agritopia has a small retail center with a restaurant and coffee shop, an artisan workshop area and community gardens. Steve Dreyer, Pomerado News, "'Agritopia'-inspired development in works for StoneRidge?," 12 July 2018 Berson faces charges of eluding officers/operating a fleeing vehicle, retail theft, being party to a crime and felony bail jumping. Adriana Ramirez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Waukesha man shot and wounded by deputy during chase after stealing from Delafield Kohl's, police say," 3 July 2018 Penman was charged with retail grand theft and tampering with evidence.. Monique O. Madan, miamiherald, "A jewel thief swallowed the evidence. Now he's not going anywhere until he poops, cops say," 30 June 2018 After obtaining the new American Express card, Read then used it for several weeks at retail stores in Los Angeles like Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue. Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, "Demi Moore's Credit Card Was Stolen by Man Accused of Spending Over $169,000 at Retail Stores," 11 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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the retail price index

Statistics for retail

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9 Oct 2018

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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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