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 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 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. al, "Tyson launching plant-based shrimp alternative," 5 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, Washington Post, "Tyson launches alt-shrimp made from plants — and it could be jumbo," 5 Sep. 2019 Other steps include incentives to build more gas stations in rural areas and removing hurdles to invest in fuel wholesale and storage businesses. BostonGlobe.com, "Key investor suggests Redstone ‘step back’ from Viacom-CBS," 28 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective At that time, the wholesale cost for a month’s supply was $650. Ed Silverman, STAT, "HHS sues Gilead for refusing to reach a licensing deal over patents for HIV prevention pills," 7 Nov. 2019 Dickens was making the case for attacking the bad features of the French aristocracy, not for wholesale killings. Jaithirth Rao, Quartz India, "Can Hindu conservatives make room for reform in religion?," 4 Nov. 2019 Another manager took charge of a club and went about making wholesale changes to the style and personnel, Graham Potter is starting to blossom as a coach and show his managerial credentials at Brighton. SI.com, "Ranking All the Premier League's English Managers by Suitability for a 'Big Six' Job," 3 Nov. 2019 That wholesale change came in the middle of the third quarter as the Bucks' bend-but-don't-break defense was starting to show cracks. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Celtics 116, Bucks 105: Hot start for Milwaukee ends in another collapse," 30 Oct. 2019 New York City officials had long resisted calls for wholesale changes at Rikers, including shutting down its jails. Matthew Haag, New York Times, "Rikers Would Close in Historic Plan to Remake N.Y. Jail System," 16 Oct. 2019 Browning’s feelings of isolation began to change in the offseason when, after Urban Meyer’s departure, the defensive coaching staff saw wholesale changes. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football’s Baron Browning went from feeling abandoned in Columbus to a blazing young bull," 10 Oct. 2019 Whether or not local leaders begin to implement such wholesale change will ultimately shape the future Justice Center, the consultants said. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland.com, "Local leaders deciding fate of aging Cuyahoga County Justice Center agree they must adopt criminal justice reforms," 7 Aug. 2019 Tina and Lucas Kent’s bustling bakery would do perfectly fine without opening its doors to a single customer, since their wholesale distribution accounts for about half of their sales. San Antonio Express-News, "The Bread Box," 8 Mar. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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

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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
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

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