Definition of wholesale in English:


Syllabification: whole·sale
Pronunciation: /ˈhōlˌsāl


  • The selling of goods in large quantities to be retailed by others.
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    • The Nictus group includes property, carpet wholesale, carpet retail, motor industry and short term insurance companies.
    • Even on a quarterly basis, Scottish retail and wholesale was growing at double the rate of the UK.
    • To centralize control and management of all Army inventories, AMC has been combining wholesale and retail inventories through the single stock fund program.


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  • 1Being sold in large quantities to be retailed by others: bottles from this region sell wholesale at about $72 a case
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    • Selling to retail stores or selling wholesale is another option, if you're willing to take less money, but usually for larger quantities.
    • Many of you have complained about buying supplies retail, and selling crops and livestock wholesale.
    • As well as selling from their own shop, the Ramsays run a mail order business, sell wholesale all over the country and to department stores such as Jenners and Harrods.
  • 1.1On a large scale: the safety clauses seem to have been taken wholesale from union documents
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    • But while the government is pulling out all the stops to promote parental involvement in their children's education, it clearly does not intend to hand over responsibility wholesale.
    • Judging by the absence of any critical questioning in the published piece, the Guardian's reporters - one of them the paper's political editor - swallowed this guff wholesale.
    • What I mean by this is that although Fourier was aware of what was happening in England as a result of the Industrial Revolution, he rejected industrialism wholesale.


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  • Done on a large scale; extensive: the wholesale destruction of the natural order
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    • At worst, the outcome could be wholesale slaughter on a scale that makes the current level of daily mayhem look like the peaceable kingdom.
    • At the time, however, Old Beijing City was seen as a symbol of feudalism and eventually the Liang & Chen Plan was shelved, resulting in the wholesale destruction of hutongs.
    • Endless images of wholesale destruction and the war machines that brought it about blurred the boundary between reality and fiction, the normal and the horrific.
    extensive, widespread, large-scale, wide-ranging, comprehensive, total, mass; indiscriminate


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  • Sell (goods) in large quantities at low prices to be retailed by others.
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    • At the time we weren't selling textbooks, just wholesaling them out to textbook dealers.
    • At one point, here in the U.S., I sold Mercedes franchises and then wholesaled Mercedes cars to those dealers.
    • Before the clothes get to the customers, they are first wholesaled directly from the brand headquarters to various outlets.



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  • The Committee was made up of government, farmer, wholesaler and retailer representatives.
  • There was a small Indian fruit market, comprising 12 shops, reserved for wholesalers and retailers.
  • According to local market analysts, there are simply too many wholesalers and retailers for the capacity of the local market.


late Middle English: originally as by whole sale 'in large quantities'.

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