whole-sale

wholesale

[hohl-seyl]
noun
1.
the sale of goods in quantity, as to retailers or jobbers, for resale (opposed to retail ).
adjective
2.
of, pertaining to, or engaged in sale by wholesale.
3.
extensive; broadly indiscriminate: wholesale discharge of workers.
adverb
4.
in a wholesale way; on wholesale terms: I can get it for you wholesale.
5.
in large quantities; on a large scale, especially without discrimination: Wild horses were slaughtered wholesale.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), wholesaled, wholesaling.
6.
to sell by wholesale.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English, from the phrase by hole sale in gross; see whole, sale

wholesaler, noun


3. far-reaching, comprehensive, thorough, inclusive; undiscriminating, promiscuous.
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wholesale (ˈhəʊlˌseɪl)
 
n
1.  Compare retail the business of selling goods to retailers in larger quantities than they are sold to final consumers but in smaller quantities than they are purchased from manufacturers
2.  at wholesale
 a.  in large quantities
 b.  at wholesale prices
 
adj
3.  of, relating to, or engaged in such business
4.  made, done, etc, on a large scale or without discrimination
 
adv
5.  on a large scale or without discrimination
 
vb
6.  to sell (goods) at wholesale
 
'wholesaler
 
n

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wholesale
c.1417, "in large quantities," from whole + sale; the general sense of "extensive" is attested from 1642.
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wholesale definition


The sale of merchandise to retailers rather than directly to the public.

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