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 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 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective There were stairs, which members descended perilously, clutching boxes laden with peaches and tomatoes and other produce from Hunts Point, the wholesale market in the Bronx. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, "The Grocery Store Where Produce Meets Politics," 18 Nov. 2019 But O'Neill said the Foot Locker arrangement shows where Nike's wholesale business is heading. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "President of Nike Direct Plans to Boost Tech to Grow Sales at Flagship Stores," 15 Nov. 2019 The wholesale banking business, while slightly weaker than in the June quarter, nevertheless garnered four times as much in income as a year earlier. Nisha Gopalan And Andy Mukherjee | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Nomura Could Use a Fresh Twist on an Old Story," 29 Oct. 2019 Linxia is home to one of the country’s biggest caterpillar-fungus wholesale markets; its traders are mostly Muslims. The Economist, "China’s repression of Islam is spreading beyond Xinjiang," 26 Sep. 2019 Doerfler started his company in 2012 as a wholesale business selling flavored e-liquids with nicotine, as well as separate flavorings and unflavored e-liquid. Jayne O'donnell, USA TODAY, "Trump's proposed ban on vape flavors may not stop teens from vaping, experts warn," 14 Sep. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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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26 Nov 2019

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“Wholesale.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wholesales. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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

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