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wholesale

[hohl-seyl] /ˈhoʊlˌseɪl/
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
1375-1425; late Middle English, from the phrase by hole sale in gross; see whole, sale
Related forms
wholesaler, noun
Synonyms
3. far-reaching, comprehensive, thorough, inclusive; undiscriminating, promiscuous.
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Examples from the web for wholesaler
  • Under current law, wineries are limited to sales at fairs and festivals, unless they go through a liquor wholesaler.
  • Then that gets sold to a wholesaler, who sells it as something else to a supplement company, who sells it to the consumer.
  • wholesaler-distributors are essential to the efficient performance of our economy.
  • Situs of purchases for wholesaler subject to tax based on purchases.
British Dictionary definitions for wholesaler

wholesale

/ˈhəʊlˌseɪl/
noun
1.
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 Compare retail (sense 1)
2.
at wholesale
  1. in large quantities
  2. at wholesale prices
adjective
3.
of, relating to, or engaged in such business
4.
made, done, etc, on a large scale or without discrimination
adverb
5.
on a large scale or without discrimination
verb
6.
to sell (goods) at wholesale
Derived Forms
wholesaler, noun
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Word Origin and History for wholesaler

wholesale

early 15c., "in large quantities," from whole + sale; the general sense of "extensive" is attested from 1640s.

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wholesaler in Culture

wholesale definition


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

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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