wholesale

noun
whole·​sale | \ˈhōl-ˌsāl \

Definition of wholesale 

(Entry 1 of 4)

: the sale of commodities in quantity usually for resale (as by a retail merchant)

wholesale

adjective

Definition of wholesale (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : performed or existing on a large scale especially without discrimination wholesale slaughter

2 : of, relating to, or engaged in the sale of commodities in quantity for resale a wholesale grocer

wholesale

adverb

Definition of wholesale (Entry 3 of 4)

: in a wholesale manner

wholesale

verb
wholesaled; wholesaling

Definition of wholesale (Entry 4 of 4)

transitive verb

: to sell (something) in quantity usually for resale

intransitive verb

: to sell in quantity usually for resale

Examples of wholesale in a Sentence

Adjective

The crops originated from wholesale growers. Is that price retail or wholesale?

Verb

The company wholesales clothing to boutiques in the area.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Even as the administration haltingly pursued treason charges against Lee and the others, the president was proclaiming amnesty wholesale for all but the topmost Confederates. Fergus M. Bordewich, WSJ, "‘The Lost Indictment of Robert E. Lee’ Review: The Cost of Conciliation," 12 July 2018 Prices for Parmigiano are cyclical; wheels aged for 12 months currently cost almost €4.40 a pound wholesale in Italy, up from €3.40 in 2015 but lower than the high of the past decade, €4.90 a pound in 2011. Eric Sylvers, WSJ, "Someone Is Stealing Italy’s Most Precious Cheese," 22 June 2018 Municipalities should be able to build wholesale fibre networks to give their communities more high-speed broadband options; the Trump administration should urge the industry to build a national wholesale 5G wireless network. The Economist, "AT&T and Time Warner are cleared to merge," 14 June 2018 So the difficulty of transitioning players wholesale. Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "New Orlando City coach James O’Connor gets 2.5-year deal, OCB plan in place," 2 July 2018 As Vox’s Dylan Matthews writes, Kennedy’s decision to step down means the court will likely have the votes to chisel away at the protections offered by Roe — or even overturn the decision wholesale. Li Zhou, Vox, "Two-thirds of Americans oppose rolling back Roe v. Wade," 29 June 2018 Puma’s new performance sneaker, the $120 Clyde Court, is set to be released Oct. 1 through Puma’s wholesale and retail channels. Sara Germano, WSJ, "Puma Gives Basketball Another Shot," 21 June 2018 Kupchak has said repeatedly since taking the job in April that the intent is not to blow up the roster wholesale. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak on Kemba Walker, roster reconstruction," 22 June 2018 While routes may not change wholesale across the city, the way bus service operates needs an overhaul, Walker said. Jason Laughlin, Philly.com, "Philadelphia's new bus network begins to take shape," 21 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Murphy Industrial Products, a wholesale rigging supplier, has leased 12,140 square feet at 1430 N. Post Oak Road from Prologis. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Real estate briefs: CustomSpace brings industrial coworking to Texas," 13 July 2018 The author, Chandrahas Choudhury, outside the wholesale mango market in Talala, Gujarat in June. Chandrahas Choudhury, WSJ, "On the Great Indian Mango Trail," 6 July 2018 The suit says these companies control more than 80% of the $20 billion wholesale pork market. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "A Bacon and Hot Dog Cartel? A New Lawsuit Says Big Pork Producers Are Colluding to Raise Prices," 29 June 2018 And the firm could choose to open or buy retail pharmacies, or even become a wholesale distributor of drugs. The Economist, "Amazon takes a big step into online pharma," 5 July 2018 While many players embrace analytics, there remains a significant resistance to wholesale change. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "MLB players survey: Sounding off on umps, shifts, steroids - and whether to strike back," 28 June 2018 As the planet warms today, will this sort of glacial rebound protect us from a wholesale collapse of the West Antarctic ice sheet, and the catastrophic sea-level rise that would result? National Geographic, "The West Antarctic Ice Sheet Seems to Be Good at Collapsing," 13 June 2018 For the current year budget, officials stayed away from wholesale cuts in personnel, although some open job positions were eliminated and hours worked by some part-time employees were cut. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "New taxes, job cuts possible as Orland Park officials tackle budget gap," 8 June 2018 Firms have two choices for survival—replace workers with machines wholesale, or internalize the agility of the market by flattening hierarchies. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Why Big Data Could Create Big Problems in the Stock Market," 16 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Consistently negative offer prices to wholesale power markets from renewable energy create soft market prices that continue to drive out more resilient coal and nuclear generation. WSJ, "The Renewables Policy Has Made the Grid Less Secure," 19 June 2018 While the vast majority of Ripley farm's revenue comes from wholesaling traditional milk, selling Guernsey A2 milk and cheese is a way to make extra income. Michael Hill, USA TODAY, "Got indigestion? These cows could solve your milk problem," 1 June 2018 Selling these labels no doubt help beef up Stitch Fix’s profit margins because the brand is selling their own items instead of wholesaling pieces from other labels. Cam Wolf, GQ, "Stitch Fix Thinks It Can Hack Your Style," 29 May 2018 This week, Vermont passed a first-in-the-nation law that would facilitate the state’s importation of prescription drugs wholesale from Canada. Shefali Luthra, Washington Post, "Vermont Legislators Pass A Drug Importation Law. So What?," 22 May 2018 Compare that with a kilo of heroin, which wholesales for about $50,000 in Gulfport and generates a profit of just $200,000. Fortune, "Deadly Chinese Fentanyl Is Creating a New Era of Drug Kingpins," 6 June 2018 Law enforcement, environmental NGOs, and aquarium trade importers, wholesales, and retailers have all talked of an effective, non-invasive, and easy-to-implement cyanide test as a sort of Holy Grail. National Geographic, "‘Holy Grail' Test for Illegal Cyanide-Caught Aquarium Fish May Be Fatally Flawed," 5 June 2018 Trump has rolled back Obama-era initiatives wholesale since taking office. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "Obama's US Digital Service Survives Trump—Quietly," 31 May 2018 This week, Vermont passed a first-in-the-nation law that would facilitate the state’s importation of prescription drugs wholesale from Canada. Shefali Luthra, Washington Post, "Vermont Legislators Pass A Drug Importation Law. So What?," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of wholesale

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Adverb

1696, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1792, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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wholesale

noun

English Language Learners Definition of wholesale

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: the business of selling things in large amounts to other businesses rather than to individual customers

wholesale

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of wholesale (Entry 2 of 3)

: relating to the business of selling things in large amounts to other businesses rather than to individual customers

: affecting large numbers of people or things

wholesale

verb

English Language Learners Definition of wholesale (Entry 3 of 3)

: to sell (things) to other businesses rather than to individual customers

: to be sold to other businesses for a specified price

wholesale

noun
whole·​sale | \ˈhōl-ˌsāl \

Kids Definition of wholesale

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: the sale of goods in large quantities to dealers

wholesale

adjective

Kids Definition of wholesale (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : of, relating to, or working at selling to dealers

2 : done or happening on a large scale wholesale panic

wholesale

verb
wholesaled; wholesaling

Kids Definition of wholesale (Entry 3 of 3)

: to sell to dealers usually in large quantities

Other Words from wholesale

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