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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.


  1. wholesale

    Wholesale refers to the sale of goods or merchandise in large quantities for resale by retailers. These transactions typically take place between businesses, such as manufacturers, distributors, and retailers, rather than directly to consumers. The main goal of wholesale is to sell a large amount of items at a lower price.

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. Ed Miliband:

    We've seen wholesale costs go down 20 percent in gas prices over the last year and no reduction in bills, we'll give the regulator the power to cut prices to bring immediate relief.

  2. Philip Lausberg:

    As energy suppliers buy their gas and electricity in advance to fix some of their costs, wholesale price decreases are not immediately passed through to consumers, if the wholesale price remains low, consumers could profit from cheaper energy bills in a few months.

  3. John Anderson:

    Turkey production has been somewhat lower this year and wholesale prices are a little higher, but consumers should find an adequate supply of birds at their local grocery store.

  4. Vodafone Chief Executive Vittorio Colao:

    We are stronger in mobile and in enterprise but we are reliant on wholesale access for fiber, ziggo has a nationwide cable and fiber network, scale in high-speed broadband and leadership in TV, but today is reliant on wholesale ... access on Vodafone's network.

  5. Sara Al-Tukhaim:

    If I'm Sara Al-Tukhaim and I'm paying for a membership I want only the most relevant items in the club. I want something that speaks directly to me, costco Wholesale Corp has had a very longstanding regional buying structure where they have been able to do Costco Wholesale Corp.

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