wholesale

noun
whole·​sale | \ ˈhōl-ˌsāl How to pronounce wholesale (audio) \

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

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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 The company also offers on-site medical care to employees enrolled in the Disney-Cigna health plan, as well as on-site groceries at near-wholesale prices and free seminars to help with finances and other needs. Chabeli Herrera, orlandosentinel.com, "Their teen daughter sleeps in the living room. How America’s worst affordable housing shortage is hurting tourism workers," 10 Dec. 2019 Officially, the cannabis wholesale industry is neutral on whether Maryland should legalize the drug for adult use. Erin Cox, Washington Post, "Why Maryland’s medical pot growers are adding more plants," 13 Sep. 2019 Consistency of size and shape, as well as consistency in price. Farmed and wild shrimp vacillate in seasonal pricing between $4 and $11 per pound wholesale, which can make menu pricing frustrating. Laura Reiley, Anchorage Daily News, "Tyson Foods launches alt-shrimp made from plants - and it could be jumbo," 6 Sep. 2019 Consistency of size and shape, as well as consistency in price. Farmed and wild shrimp vacillate in seasonal pricing between $4 and $11 per pound wholesale, which can make menu pricing frustrating. Laura Reiley, Anchorage Daily News, "Tyson Foods launches alt-shrimp made from plants - and it could be jumbo," 6 Sep. 2019 Until then, there was no national index of wholesale or retail prices. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump move could spark another exodus of US jobs researchers - The Boston Globe," 24 Oct. 2019 The economists estimate most of the market concentration has happened in services, wholesale, and retail. Allison Schrager, Quartz, "Is the Cheesecake Factory a blessing or a curse for labor markets?," 27 Sep. 2019 Bottled water was an $18.5 billion (wholesale) industry in the U.S. in 2017, but under Presidents of both parties, FDA oversight has been lightly staffed. Seth M. Siegel, Time, "Americans Choose Bottled Water for Safety and Quality. Are They Right?," 26 Sep. 2019 Officially, the cannabis wholesale industry is neutral on whether Maryland should legalize the drug for adult use. al, "Maryland’s medical cannabis industry expands amid talk of legalization," 8 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Though adopting more efficient planes and better routes has led to some carbon savings, airlines appear decades away from being able to make wholesale changes. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "To fulfill their carbon neutral promises, airlines must be prepared to bear the costs," 15 Jan. 2020 Even in a scenario where Sen. Sanders wins the presidency, which isn’t yet likely, wholesale changes would take years to implement. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Investors Shouldn’t Risk Skipping Health Insurance," 15 Jan. 2020 This presented a hiring challenge of sorts: An external candidate might be best placed to bring wholesale cultural change, but only someone internal was sufficiently immersed in the intricacies of the crisis. Natasha Frost, Quartz at Work, "Can Boeing’s new CEO rescue the troubled company?," 13 Jan. 2020 These next six or seven weeks…there won’t be a lot of wholesale changes. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Boys’ basketball: Dickinson heavy favorite to win 24-6A crown," 2 Jan. 2020 And while some lawmakers have expressed interest in revisiting the issue in 2020, few are optimistic that Congress can enact the kind of wholesale change voters desire. Nicholas Florko, STAT, "2019 was supposed to be the year Washington lowered drug prices. What happened?," 20 Dec. 2019 The candidates had kind words for the peaceful movement, without directly addressing its demands for wholesale change. Washington Post, "Algeria’s presidential debate falls flat, as anger simmers," 7 Dec. 2019 And with two years remaining before the game’s collective bargaining agreement expires and either inspires wholesale changes or a work stoppage, there once again will be dozens of employable veterans still seeking jobs as spring training begins. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Five burning questions for MLB's Winter Meetings," 5 Dec. 2019 But now that many brokers have slashed trading fees (in many cases to zero), Thompson said that the fund can make wholesale changes every week and not charge investors too much in the process. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "How to beat the market: Pick the worst stocks that may do a U-turn," 25 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb La Colombe works not just on blend with its clients — initial tastings may include up to 30 varieties — but also functional coffee bar design, according to Nicolas O’Connell, La Colombe’s senior vice president of sales and wholesales. Caitlin Wolper, New York Times, "Why Is There a Coffee Shop in So Many Stores?," 23 Dec. 2019 To hold his drug-selling territory, a maze of alleys just a few blocks from Gallaudet University in Northeast D.C., Edmond’s crew wholesaled violence and brutality. David Farber, Twin Cities, "David Farber: How drug-related violence complicates criminal justice reform," 1 Oct. 2019 They've been used to ship drugs wholesale into the United States. Dennis Romero, NBC News, "Trump's border visit draws few spectators, for or against his wall," 19 Sep. 2019 Hendricks founded and grew the ABC Supply wholesaling company (which sells roofing, siding, windows, and gutters) with her husband, Ken, who died in 2007. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "This billionaire rebuilt her town — while funding a right-wing revolution in her state," 12 June 2019 According to Robertson, Garner gave him three bundles of heroin to wholesale in return for $105. Chris Palmer, https://www.inquirer.com, "Witness: 4 executed in W. Philly basement were slain over $105 in drugs," 4 June 2019 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

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wholesale?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=w&file=wholes01. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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More Definitions for wholesale

wholesale

noun
How to pronounce wholesale (audio)

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 How to pronounce wholesale (audio) \

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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