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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wholesaleadjective

    the selling of goods to merchants; usually in large quantities for resale to consumers

  2. sweeping, wholesaleverb

    ignoring distinctions

    "sweeping generalizations"; "wholesale destruction"

  3. wholesaleadverb

    sell in large quantities

  4. wholesaleadverb

    at a wholesale price

    "I can sell it to you wholesale"

  5. wholesale, in large quantitiesadverb

    on a large scale without careful discrimination

    "I buy food wholesale"


  1. wholesalenoun

    The sale of products, often in large quantities, to retailers or other merchants

  2. wholesaleverb

    To sell at wholesale.

  3. wholesaleadverb

    in bulk or large quantity

  4. wholesaleadverb


  5. wholesaleadjective

    of, or relating to sale in large quantities, for resale

  6. wholesaleadjective

    extensive, indiscriminate, all-encompassing or blanket

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Wholesalenoun

    Sale in the lump, not in separate small parcels.

    Etymology: whole and sale.

    These are wholesale chapmen to Satan, that do not truck and barter one crime for another, but take the whole herd. Government of the Tongue.

    This cost me at the wholesale merchant’s a hundred drachma’s; I make two hundred by selling it in retail. Addison.

    Some from vanity, or envy, despise a valuable book, and throw contempt upon it by wholesale. Isaac Watts.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wholesalenoun

    sale of goods by the piece or large quantity, as distinguished from retail

  2. Wholesaleadjective

    pertaining to, or engaged in, trade by the piece or large quantity; selling to retailers or jobbers rather than to consumers; as, a wholesale merchant; the wholesale price

  3. Wholesaleadjective

    extensive and indiscriminate; as, wholesale slaughter


  1. Wholesale

    Wholesaling, jobbing, or distributing is the sale of goods or merchandise to retailers; to industrial, commercial, institutional, or other professional business users; or to other wholesalers and related subordinated services. In general, it is the sale of goods to anyone other than a standard consumer. In the United Kingdom, the Cash and Carry is a term used describe a wholesale warehouse, particularly those that are open to the general public on payment of a subscription. According to the United Nations Statistics Division, "wholesale" is the resale of new and used goods to retailers, to industrial, commercial, institutional or professional users, or to other wholesalers, or involves acting as an agent or broker in buying merchandise for, or selling merchandise to, such persons or companies. Wholesalers frequently physically assemble, sort and grade goods in large lots, break bulk, repack and redistribute in smaller lots. While wholesalers of most products usually operate from independent premises, wholesale marketing for foodstuffs can take place at specific wholesale markets where all traders are congregated. Traditionally, wholesalers were closer to the markets they supplied than the source from which they got the products.

Editors Contribution

  1. wholesale

    To buy and sell goods and products at specific quantities.

    Wholesale buying and selling is at various quantities.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 11, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wholesale in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wholesale in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of wholesale in a Sentence

  1. Peter Tutton:

    The FCA is unequivocal that firms should not cancel people's cards wholesale.

  2. Dave Lewis:

    If you look at the CEO as being the best shopkeeper in the team, it's the wrong brief, he's got loads of retail experience, he's got loads of wholesale experience, he understands brands and he understands customers and he's super smart.

  3. Mark Wills:

    When the [ tin ] price dropped in the late 1980s, there was no longer a profit in selling it wholesale. So we gradually renovated some old machinery on-site and began selling it ourselves.

  4. President Barack Obama on Monday:

    Those kinds of restrictive practices I think would ironically hurt the Chinese economy over the long term because I don’t think there is any U.S. or European firm, any international firm, that could credibly get away with that wholesale turning over of data, personal data, over to a government.

  5. Mike Huckabee:

    Speaker Ryan needs to make it clear that if the President won't stand to protect America from wholesale open borders, then Republicans will, if Ryan will not lead and reject the importation of those fleeing the Middle East without assurances that we can separate refugees from terrorists, then Speaker Ryan needs to step down today and let someone else lead.

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