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 Brewers are starting to expand the category to other markets, with AB InBev adding Kombrewcha to retail shelves in the Pacific Northwest and Colorado. John Kell, Fortune, "Is Spiked Kombucha the New Hard Seltzer?," 14 Sep. 2019 The DSPs are, in fact, much larger and more powerful than the music licensees who were the original intended beneficiaries [radio and general licensing to retail] of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees. Ed Christman, Billboard, "NMPA Asks DOJ to Amend Consent Decrees to Allow Publishers to Selectively Withdraw Digital Rights From Blanket Licenses," 13 Sep. 2019 The 14-karat-gold necklace is adorned with a diamond and is surprising affordable, retailing at just $250 for one dog tag initial. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's US Open Necklace Paid Tribute to Prince Harry and Baby Archie," 8 Sep. 2019 The gala will also feature live and silent auctions, with numerous items including a pool table donated by Presidential Billiards, which retails at $5,500. From The Community, Houston Chronicle, "Scholarship winner featured at Sept. 17 gala," 6 Sep. 2019 Their signature shoe, the Hadleigh's slipper, retails at $495 for men. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Retail Therapy: All the details on Costco Business Center, and Hadleigh's luxury boutique is a love story," 19 July 2019 The mask retails at $48 for a standard 2.25oz tube, but also comes in a mini size for $25. Sarah Madaus, Town & Country, "We Tried the Cult-Favorite Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask And it Actually Lives Up to the Hype," 27 Aug. 2019 The lipsticks retail for $38, and a new shade will be available on the YSL Beauté site every day until August 25. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Zoe Kravitz Talks Her YSL Lipstick Collection And The Women Who Inspired It," 20 Aug. 2019 This fully virtual option is a step up from the physical AmpliFi Teleport device, which was already available for AmpliFi routers and retails for $99. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Ubiquiti just added a bonus to its AmpliFi line of mesh routers," 15 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Hamilton East & Hamilton West Hamilton East and Hamilton West are buildings connected to the Veterans Way Garage and have about 28,000 square feet of retail, office and residential space. Natalia E. Contreras, Indianapolis Star, "Some buildings are up at City Center. Some are not. Here's what that means for Carmel taxpayers.," 8 July 2019 Its longtime strategy of beating competitors through the sheer volume of its offerings no longer provided an advantage in an era of online retail. Alexandra Alter, New York Times, "Barnes & Noble Is Sold to Hedge Fund After a Tumultuous Year," 7 June 2019 When the recession of the early ‘90s wiped out a lot of retail, my dad was stuck, trying to figure out what to do. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Why Amazon is a ‘bully,’ and Facebook and Google are ‘the enemies of independent thought’," 3 Dec. 2018 Visit Site Don’t expect the Sears failure to be a contagion threatening to infect the rest of retail. Gerald Porter Jr., The Seattle Times, "Sears files for bankruptcy just as things are looking up for U.S. retail," 15 Oct. 2018 The company is a partner in the ongoing development of a 184-acre site in North Miami, called SoLē Mia, that will include more than one million square feet of retail, 4,000 residences and 37 acres of parks. Rene Rodriguez, miamiherald, "Miami Beach wants a new vision for a Convention Center hotel. Only one group bid.," 15 June 2018 Pop ups, which started in 2009 amid the Great Recession as a way to fill mall vacancies, have become a powerful part of retail. Kate Bowers, Fortune, "Testing the Luxury Shoe Market With a Salon on Wheels," 16 Sep. 2019 Among the proposal highlights: 6.5 million square feet of offices, up to 5,000 homes, hundreds of hotel rooms, 500,000 square feet of retail, restaurants, arts, cultural hubs, education centers, and other active uses, and 15 acres of parks. George Avalos, The Mercury News, "Google purchases widen in downtown San Jose for transit village project," 11 Sep. 2019 The ground floor would host 2,500 square feet of retail, and the next 10 floors would be dedicated parking with a total of 577 spaces. Laura Kinsler, orlandosentinel.com, "Downtown Orlando’s Church Street project to get 2nd tower, hotel," 28 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective When it was approved by the council in 2010, it was planned as two-story shopping center — one that would house a Target store, Ralphs supermarket and a handful of retail chains. David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times, "A project could bring South L.A. hundreds of new homes. But critics fear rising rents," 17 Sep. 2019 Lawsuits also are pending against generic oxycodone manufacturers, distributors and retail pharmacy chains. Anchorage Daily News, "Purdue Pharma files for bankruptcy," 16 Sep. 2019 Lawsuits also are pending against generic oxycodone manufacturers, distributors and retail pharmacy chains. Christopher Rowland, Washington Post, "Purdue Pharma, drugmaker accused of fueling the opioid epidemic, files for bankruptcy," 15 Sep. 2019 The retail chains' measures follow mass shootings around the country in the past two months that have claimed dozens of lives. NBC News, "Walgreens joins Walmart and Kroger in asking customers to no longer openly carry guns," 5 Sep. 2019 But the impact of the new policies are unclear because most firearms sales come from thousands of unaffiliated gun shops or gun shows, not big retail chains. CBS News, "Will Walmart's decision to stop selling some ammo reduce guns on the street?," 4 Sep. 2019 Operating a brick-and-mortar location is tough for even corporate retail chains, but running a business focused solely on photography in the digital age is bleak. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Inside Tom's One-Hour Photo in L.A.'s Koreatown 24 Hours After Kacey Musgraves Made Him a Viral Star," 29 Aug. 2019 The company said 50 retail chains, representing 40,000 stores, have committed to complying with the standards set by the point-of-sale system. Catherine Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Juul commits $100 million to new cash register system that blocks underage, bulk sales," 29 Aug. 2019 View Sample Sign Up Now Fifty retail chains responsible for 40,000 outlets, including Cumberland Farms, Chevron ExtraMile and QuikTrip, have already agreed to implement the system, according to a company release. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Juul Commits $100 Million to New System to Help Retailers Block Sales to Minors," 29 Aug. 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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Time Traveler for retail

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

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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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