Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The sale of goods in large quantities, as for resale by a retailer.
  • adjective Of, relating to, or engaged in the sale of goods in large quantities for resale.
  • adjective Made or accomplished extensively and indiscriminately; blanket.
  • adverb In large bulk or quantity.
  • adverb Extensively; indiscriminately.
  • intransitive verb To sell in large quantities for resale.
  • intransitive verb To engage in wholesale selling.
  • intransitive verb To be sold wholesale.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Sale of goods by the piece or in large quantity, as distinguished from retail.
  • noun in the mass; in the gross; in great quantities; hence, without due discrimination or distinction.
  • Buying and selling by the piece or in large quantity: as, a wholesale dealer.
  • Pertaining to the trade by the piece or quantity: as, the wholesale price.
  • Figuratively, in great quantities; extensive and indiscriminate: as, wholesale slaughter.
  • To sell by wholesale or in large quantities.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Sale of goods by the piece or large quantity, as distinguished from retail.
  • noun in the mass; in large quantities; without distinction or discrimination.
  • adjective Pertaining to, or engaged in, trade by the piece or large quantity; selling to retailers or jobbers rather than to consumers.
  • adjective Extensive and indiscriminate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The sale of products, often in large quantities, to retailers or other merchants.
  • adjective Of or relating to sale in large quantities, for resale.
  • adjective Extensive, indiscriminate, all-encompassing; blanket.
  • adverb In bulk or large quantity.
  • adverb Indiscriminately.
  • verb To sell at wholesale.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb on a large scale without careful discrimination
  • adjective ignoring distinctions
  • noun the selling of goods to merchants; usually in large quantities for resale to consumers
  • verb sell in large quantities
  • adverb at a wholesale price

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