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

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

Antonyms: Verb

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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 ceiling fans, which retail for about $150 dollars, come in matte white, matte black, black and polished nickel. NBC News, "Ceiling fans sold at Home Depot recalled after blades detach," 28 Dec. 2020 The drinks retail at $28 per bag which the business says makes 14 lattes. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Invests in Oat Milk Lattes and Oprah Is a Fan," 14 Dec. 2020 The company boasts that 25 percent of its products retail for less than $1. New York Times, "Before Embracing America-First Agenda, David Perdue Was an Outsourcing Expert," 1 Jan. 2021 Similar to blankets that retail for $400, Italic’s option is so much cheaper thanks to the brand’s direct-to-consumer model that eliminates retailer fees and other markups. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "The snuggliest blankets to wrap yourself up in this year," 5 Nov. 2020 High margins make the seed business attractive to foreign sellers, as a seed packet that costs $1.50 to buy from Chinese suppliers can retail for around $10 on Amazon, one seller said. Jon Emont And Jesse Newman, WSJ, "Amazon Bans Foreign Plant Sales to U.S. Amid Global Seed Mystery," 5 Sep. 2020 Therabody agrees, because earlier this year the company donated over 300 Theraguns (which retail for up to $600) to hospital break rooms. James Barrett, Redbook, "Good News Report: Stories That Moved Us in 2020," 16 Dec. 2020 Available on the Sheltersuit website, the backpacks will retail from approximately $215 and when one is purchased, Timmer and co. will make and donate one Shelterbag to the homeless. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Sheltersuits Can Save Lives—The Non-Profit’s New Upcycled Backpack Supports That Mission," 10 Dec. 2020 For those who couldn’t get their hands on a pair, classic Nike Air Jordans (which retail for closer to $150) were trending this year, too; The RealReal chalked it up to the success and influence of The Last Dance. Emily Farra, Vogue, "The 17 Items That Defined 2020," 8 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Workplace outbreaks are up, including at a wide range of manufacturing plants as well as retail and office locations, Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm told reporters on a call Monday. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "NYC lessons, Harding centennial, canceled parades: News from around our 50 states," 4 Nov. 2020 Whatever happens with the pandemic in the coming months, with the Daily Paper crew in the picture New York retail isn’t dead. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Daily Paper, the Amsterdam Fashion Label, Opens Its First NYC Store," 28 Oct. 2020 My normal pre-flight routine involves picking up water or coffee and a snack, but little retail was open—a duty-free here, an electronics stand there. Corina Quinn, Condé Nast Traveler, "My First Pandemic Flight Was Much Less Stressful Than I Anticipated," 27 Oct. 2020 Rival Brookfield’s pitch included double the number of residential units alongside a sizable mix of office and retail, 1.1 acres of public space and fewer parking spaces. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, "In bid for Tailgate Park, Padres beat Brookfield with $1.4B, office-focused proposal," 23 Sep. 2020 Part of the Public Market’s retail and office space will be converted for biotech use, adding 60,000 square feet to the existing 36,000 square feet of labs. Roland Li, SFChronicle.com, "Emeryville’s Public Market sold for biotech project, reflecting industry on the rise," 12 Jan. 2021 Set to be redeveloped into a mixture of housing, office and retail this year, plans froze when COVID-19 hit. Dee Depass, Star Tribune, "2021 looks to be slow for construction firms in U.S. and Minnesota," 7 Jan. 2021 But our love of shopping is alive, and retail isn’t dead. Matt Rubel, WSJ, "For the Retail Industry, 2020 Was a Wild Ride," 15 Dec. 2020 Along with the Domain, its notable projects include the Offices at Braker campus, downtown Austin’s Chase Tower, IBC Bank Plaza and the Bowie apartment, office and retail tower. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Austin developer plans Uptown Dallas tower," 14 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Aside from the retail pressure, Lindell is also facing potential litigation from Dominion Voting Systems for his accusations that their voting machines played a role in election fraud. Joseph Pisani And Anne D'innocenzio, Chron, "H-E-B among retailers no longer selling MyPillow products," 19 Jan. 2021 The parcel sits at the western end of a bustling neighborhood retail area with a grocery market, hardware store, four banks, sushi and dim sum joints, and shops selling discount household goods. J.k. Dineen, SFChronicle.com, "‘No Slums In The Sunset’: Backlash over affordable housing development intensifies in western S.F. neighborhood," 19 Jan. 2021 With its cavernous malls, frenetic construction and legions of foreign workers, Dubai was built on the promise of globalization, drawing largely from the aviation, hospitality and retail sectors — all hard hit by the virus. Isabel Debre, BostonGlobe.com, "Dubai, party haven amid pandemic, faces its biggest surge," 19 Jan. 2021 Adrian Nagy, a grocery and retail developer working on the project for Djapni, said work is underway to renovate and reopen the store swiftly. Ian Mcnulty, NOLA.com, "After closing, Matassa’s Market will return in French Quarter with same name, new operator," 18 Jan. 2021 Each pharmacy occupies relatively small, retail spaces, so there are logistics challenges to vaccinating large numbers of people. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, "What 3 Alabama pharmacies learned offering the COVID vaccine," 18 Jan. 2021 The company shifted direction in the 1970s when Virgil Thurmond, Nick’s father, changed it from a retail flower shop to an events and trade show business, renaming it Nitsche Convention Florist. Mary Grace Granados, Dallas News, "This Dallas family business went from building floral displays at big events to fixing up homes," 18 Jan. 2021 And while these may not greatly alter the skyline, their office, retail and residential offerings will continue to change life downtown. The Salt Lake Tribune, "It’s high time for Salt Lake City. Here’s how the skyline will rise in 2021.," 17 Jan. 2021 Employment plummeted during the coronavirus pandemic that began in March, but due mostly to $1,200 federal stimulus checks and $600 per week federal supplements to state unemployment insurance checks, personal income and retail spending rose. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's economy could be permanently changed by COVID-19, economists say," 16 Jan. 2021

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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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Time Traveler for retail

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

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22 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Retail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/retail. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for retail

retail

verb
How to pronounce retail (audio)

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
How to pronounce retail (audio)

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

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

retail

adjective
How to pronounce retail (audio)

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
How to pronounce retail (audio)

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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