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wholesale

noun whole·sale \ ˈhōl-ˌsāl \

Definition of wholesale

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

Recent Examples of wholesale from the Web

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First Known Use of wholesale

15th century


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wholesale

adjective

Definition of wholesale

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

Examples of wholesale in a Sentence

  1. The crops originated from wholesale growers.

  2. Is that price retail or wholesale?

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First Known Use of wholesale

1607


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wholesale

adverb

Definition of wholesale

:in a wholesale manner

First Known Use of wholesale

1696


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wholesale

verb

Definition of wholesale

wholesaled; wholesaling
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

  1. The company wholesales clothing to boutiques in the area.

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First Known Use of wholesale

1792


WHOLESALE Defined for English Language Learners

wholesale

noun

Definition of wholesale for English Language Learners

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


wholesale

adjective

Definition of wholesale for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of wholesale for English Language Learners

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

  • : to be sold to other businesses for a specified price


WHOLESALE Defined for Kids

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wholesale

noun whole·sale \ ˈhōl-ˌsāl \

Definition of wholesale for Students

:the sale of goods in large quantities to dealers

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wholesale

adjective

Definition of wholesale for Students

1 :of, relating to, or working at selling to dealers
2 :done or happening on a large scale
  • wholesale panic

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wholesale

verb

Definition of wholesale for Students

wholesaled; wholesaling
:to sell to dealers usually in large quantities

wholesaler

noun


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