whole·​sal·​er | \ˈhōl-ˌsā-lər \

Definition of wholesaler 

: a merchant middleman who sells chiefly to retailers, other merchants, or industrial, institutional, and commercial users mainly for resale or business use

Examples of wholesaler in a Sentence

a leading wholesaler in the book business

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Beginning in 1992, Fred Trump’s real estate business began purchasing boilers, refrigerators, cleaning supplies, and other equipment from a company called All County Building Supply & Maintenance instead of a wholesaler. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "Donald Trump’s family avoided taxes, but did they evade them? We asked an expert why the difference matters.," 3 Oct. 2018 It was seized by the government during the incident and later liquidated through a wholesaler. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "David Koresh's 1968 Chevrolet Camaro is for sale, report says," 20 Aug. 2018 ParkWorks, on the northeast end, the site of a former fruit wholesaler, may be turned into 500 apartments by a New York developer. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Can high-profile park projects, catalysts for development, play nice with neighboring communities?," 17 July 2018 And now this compression point is sending waves of pain through the supply chain from distributors and wholesalers to retailers and consumers in the form of fast-rising shipping costs. Kirsten Korosec, Fortune, "America's Trucker Shortage Is Hitting Home," 27 June 2018 They were sent to wholesalers, distributors and hospitals in the United states, Puerto Rico and Guam between February 2017 and February 2018. Debra Goldschmidt, CNN, "Naloxone recall due to particulate matter," 4 June 2018 Brewers hitting that cap must sell everything to a wholesaler, which then sells to stores or taverns. Washington Post, "North Carolina beer distribution law: Brewers’ suit bubbling," 15 May 2018 Eyre hammered away at a problem (in this case, drug wholesalers dumping millions of painkillers on small towns in West Virginia) until the nation took notice. Rob Byers, Time, "Only You Have the Power to Save Your Local News from Corporate Vultures," 14 Apr. 2018 During the last 10 years, the DEA has brought 12 civil suits against drug wholesalers for breaking that law. Jim Axelrod, CBS News, "DEA targets drug wholesalers to stem opioid epidemic," 25 May 2016

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circa 1800, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of wholesaler

: a person or company that sells things to businesses and not to individuals

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