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

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 state noted what appears to be a significant shift from wholesale (bars/restaurants) to retail (private consumers). Rich Exner, cleveland, "A year of COVID-19 in Ohio, told through the numbers," 5 Mar. 2021 That comes from transaction fees plus spreads charged to retail brokerage customers. Telis Demos, WSJ, "Coinbase Offers Another Way to Ride the Bitcoin Roller Coaster," 4 Mar. 2021 The collection includes rectangular and cat-eye silhouettes, and all the sunglasses retail at $119. Andrea Zendejas, Marie Claire, "19 Sunglasses Brands to Have on Your Radar for Summer 2021," 27 Jan. 2021 Aether’s bolder pieces, like the Synthesis chandelier earrings, come in at 5.39 carats and retail around $40,000. Emily Farra, Vogue, "These Diamonds Are Made With Carbon Pulled From the Atmosphere," 21 Dec. 2020 Per The Telegraph, Kate accessorized the smart dress with Mejuri's organic pearl stacked hoops, which retail for just $60. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Duchess Kate Wears a Classic Emilia Wickstead Look for Her Commonwealth Day Appearance," 7 Mar. 2021 The sheriff's office so far has employed 12 venue mobile units and 10 room mobile units, which retail for less than $5,000, in five facilities. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, "3 Wayne County jails become first in US to start installing COVID-19 air disinfectors," 25 Feb. 2021 Espolon Tequila Blanco and Olmeca Altos Tequila Plata, which typically retail under $30 for a 750-milliliter bottle, are both budget-friendly options that taste delicious in a margarita (or most other tequila cocktails, for that matter). Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, "Feb. 22 Is National Margarita Day — Here's How to Make the Classic Cocktail at Home," 21 Feb. 2021 The whole contraption makes use of foldable screens that retail for around $500 a pop and a Raspberry Pi that connects wirelessly to an iPhone to mirror the display. Chris Smith, BGR, "Someone is making a foldable iPhone right now – but it’s not Apple," 1 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Flattening the curve put the nail in the coffin of in-person retail, which had already endured record closures in 2019. Sarah Leonard, The New Republic, "How Amazon Exploited a Weakened America," 2 Apr. 2021 There will be trails leading all around Otay Ranch’s open space, an urban core with retail, an amphitheater and an art walk. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, "New San Diego single-family homes are rare, can exceed $2 million," 2 Apr. 2021 These should be prime times for music retail, especially those that deal in both new and used product. Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times, "Lines around the block at Amoeba Music’s grand reopening in Hollywood," 1 Apr. 2021 But Zebra Technologies also works with retail, manufacturing, health-care and transportation logistics industries on tracking and data management. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Vikings put Hale Hentges on NFL’s reserve/retired list," 31 Mar. 2021 The list includes people in food service, retail, construction and information technology. oregonlive, "Frontline workers to be eligible for coronavirus vaccine April 5," 26 Mar. 2021 The executive-level effort to politicize capital markets and American business more generally is led by many managers from many companies in many sectors — high tech, entertainment, retail, etc. Stephen R. Soukup, National Review, "Managing Your Money the Woke Way," 25 Mar. 2021 McGregor joined Grand Prairie in 2020, specializing in retail, office and hospitality. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, "Grand Prairie city employee named to national 40 Under 40 list," 23 Mar. 2021 Before the pandemic, Pacific Gateway’s executive director, Nick Schultz, was planning to organize a much more ambitious market for irregular labor that would include flexible jobs in health care, transportation, logistics, retail, and hospitality. Nick Romeo, The New Yorker, "Should Gig Work Be Government-Run?," 23 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Denis Romodin, a historian at the Museum of Moscow, said Eliseevsky is one of just two retail spaces in Moscow with such pre-revolutionary interiors. Washington Post, "This grand Moscow store was a land of plenty since the czars. Its 120-year run is near an end.," 4 Apr. 2021 Also in downtown Bentonville, construction started last October on a 230,000-square-foot office and retail building known as the Ledger. Arkansas Online, "The northwest boom," 4 Apr. 2021 All should be available in Greater Cleveland retail distribution. Marc Bona, cleveland, "10 different beers worth sipping in April, from Ohio to Germany," 4 Apr. 2021 Nearly 5% of retail orders for the DBX, Aston's first-ever SUV, come via the Q Commission team, Cozon told ABC News. Morgan Korn, ABC News, "Silver or White? No way. More drivers are demanding customization," 3 Apr. 2021 Summer fun is also south at Schlitterbahn Waterpark on Galveston Island and retail shopping is within proximity at the Tanger Outlet Mall. Chron, "GHBA Benefit home sells in Lago Mar," 3 Apr. 2021 The blast was felt for miles, and workers in the downtown area poured out from offices, restaurants, retail shops and City Hall to find out the cause. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'We won't ever forget': Thirteen years ago, a nearly 100-year-old church in downtown Oconomowoc was destroyed in an explosion," 3 Apr. 2021 As a result, the South Washington Street building’s three retail spaces will all be occupied. Rafael Guerrero, chicagotribune.com, "Central Park Place to add jeweler to retail lineup; Starbucks Reserve, Crumbl eye spring openings," 3 Apr. 2021 Others will grow into full retail businesses with their own kitchens, ovens and show windows. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore’s corner businesses and markets emerge in the spring," 3 Apr. 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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4 Apr 2021

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“Retail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/retail. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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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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