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

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

Coming tomorrow: More retails earnings could shine a light on US consumer spending. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Stocks rally as Trump preaches optimism and China digs in," 19 Aug. 2019 Aficionados of California water mythology will recognize this formulation as a farmers’ credo retailed by, among others, Fox News figurehead Sean Hannity and President Trump. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Right-wingers again demonize the tiny delta smelt to protect Big Agriculture," 12 Aug. 2019 While pieces from these designer’s collections can normally retail for thousands of dollars (like the Jason Wu Collection dress Meghan Markle wore to The Lion King premiere), Target’s anniversary collection will range from $7 to $160. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "Target Is Bringing Back 20 Designer Collections in Honor of 20 Years of Fashion Collabs," 1 Aug. 2019 B9 Beverages, which owns and retails the Bira 91 brand of beer, has been expanding its presence rapidly in India and abroad since its launch in 2015. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "The makers of Indian craft beer Bira 91 find a real high in a cheaper, stronger brew," 23 July 2019 The major sale event, which officially launched today and will continue until August 4, features a number of Barbour options for both men and women at a discount, with some styles retailing for over 30 percent off. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Your Favorite Barbour Jackets Are Over 30 Percent Off Right Now," 19 July 2019 The version retailed by Bonide comes in an 8-ounce container for about $13. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "How to control weeds in your summer lawn and garden," 28 June 2019 The bots' steep cost may be an obstacle: Aibo retails for close to $2,900, and Lovot will set you back a not-so-lovely ‎299,800 yen (about $2,800 at the current exchange rate). Kate Baggaley, NBC News, "New companion robots can't do much but make us love them," 23 June 2019 Now user data is optimized and retailed automatically, to advertisers and other media firms, in real time. Fred Turner, Harper's magazine, "Machine Politics," 10 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Madewell: 15% off for Madewell Insiders There's nothing that pleases me more than when Madewell offers a discount on their usually expensive retail. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "10 fashion and beauty sales you don't want to miss this weekend," 6 Sep. 2019 Washington Boulevard was once a thriving center of retail for downtown Detroit, but suffered significant closures during Detroit's decades of decline. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Bedrock hires architect for Book restoration, hosts public tour Saturday," 4 Sep. 2019 In the meantime, starting in October, their pastas, sauces and other products will be available as daily chalkboard specials at Buona Forchetta restaurants and sold for retail next door at Enoteca Buona Forchetta. Michele Parente, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Coronado’s new hotspot, San Diego’s coolest happy hour and more from our must list," 3 Sep. 2019 The company's first foray into retail has clearly graduated and is ready to break out of that mold, offering some better materials and features, plus some eye-opening color. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "Lenovo's C340 and S340 Chromebooks bring Core i3 substance and plenty of style," 29 Aug. 2019 Upon entering the development from Richmond Road, visitors will see two buildings, each with retail on the first floor and dwellings on the second floor. cleveland.com, "Richmond Heights’ Belle Oaks project at mall could include another apartment building," 28 Aug. 2019 The Lord & Taylor deal marks Le Tote’s entry into physical retail even as that realm struggles with sluggish sales and bankruptcies. Shwanika Narayan, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco’s Le Tote buys Lord & Taylor for $75 million," 28 Aug. 2019 That’s helped to build the company’s name in China ahead of its entry to physical retail. Nisha Gopalan, Fortune, "Why Costco Might Survive China’s Rocky Retail Scene," 28 Aug. 2019 With the government of India relaxing the sourcing norms for foreign direct investment (FDI) in single-brand retail in 2012, Swedish furniture and home furnishing chain IKEA announced in October their intention to open stores in India. K Pradeep Chandra, Quartz India, "This is how Hyderabad, and not Mumbai or Bengaluru, became IKEA’s first India destination," 21 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Customers can order the Apple Watch Series 5 today, with retail availability beginning Friday, September 20. Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, "Here's Everything Apple Announced Today, From New iPhones to its Netflix Competitor," 10 Sep. 2019 That has hit comparable sales, a key retail metric, which have dropped for five straight quarters at the underwear chain. Jonathan Roeder, Fortune, "The Latest on Victoria’s Secret’s Search for a New Image," 10 Sep. 2019 The event, which will be held 100 years from the Hamm Building’s 1919 opening date, will celebrate the building’s retail presence, said property manager Kristel Hansen. Michelle Griffith, Twin Cities, "100th anniversary of the Hamm Building in downtown St. Paul to be celebrated Thursday," 9 Sep. 2019 This great Shoreline location is just a few blocks from South Shore retail complex, offering ever-increasing trendy restaurant options. Bang Staff And Correspondents, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Beach cottage in Alameda," 9 Sep. 2019 Burt Flickinger, managing director of retail consulting firm Strategic Resource Group, said scoring a wage increase and a bump in pension contributions is a victory for workers. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Strike likely stopped: Grocery workers like pay raises, pension bump," 9 Sep. 2019 Thousands of demonstrators held a peaceful march Sunday to the U.S. Consulate to seek Washington's support, but violence erupted later in the day in a business and retail district. Fox News, "Pompeo on the key reason Trump called off Camp David peace talks; Trump-Legend-Teigen in Twitter spat," 9 Sep. 2019 In states where retail utilities own their own power generation facilities, the rates are approved by public utility commissions. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "As Earth faces climate catastrophe, US set to open nearly 200 power plants," 9 Sep. 2019 The game that got closest to wrecking my high school GPA was Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, which arrived at my home a few weeks before its retail launch. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Ars goes back to school: The video games that threatened our college GPA," 8 Sep. 2019

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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

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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