Definition of Retail

1. Noun. The selling of goods to consumers; usually in small quantities and not for resale.

Generic synonyms: Marketing, Merchandising, Selling
Antonyms: Wholesale

2. Verb. Be sold at the retail level. "These gems retail at thousands of dollars each"
Category relationships: Commerce, Commercialism, Mercantilism
Generic synonyms: Sell
Derivative terms: Retailing

3. Adverb. At a retail price. "I'll sell it to you retail only"
Antonyms: Wholesale

4. Verb. Sell on the retail market.
Category relationships: Commerce, Commercialism, Mercantilism
Generic synonyms: Sell
Derivative terms: Retailer, Retailing
Antonyms: Wholesale

Definition of Retail

1. n. The sale of commodities in small quantities or parcels; -- opposed to wholesale; sometimes, the sale of commodities at second hand.

2. a. Done at retail; engaged in retailing commodities; as a retail trade; a retail grocer.

3. v. t. To sell in small quantities, as by the single yard, pound, gallon, etc.; to sell directly to the consumer; as, to retail cloth or groceries.

Definition of Retail

1. Noun. The sale of goods directly to the consumer; encompassing the storefronts, mail-order, websites, etc., and the corporate mechanisms, branding, advertising, etc. that support them, which are involved in the business of selling and point-of-sale marketing retail goods to the public. ¹

2. Noun. (colloquial) Retail price; full price; an abbreviated expression, meaning the full suggested price of a particular good or service, before any sale, discount, or other deal. ¹

3. Adjective. Of, or relating to the (actual or figurative) sale of goods or services directly to individuals. ¹

4. Adverb. Direct to consumers, in retail quantities, or at retail prices. ¹

5. Verb. To sell at retail, or in small quantities directly to customers. ¹

6. Verb. To repeat or circulate (news or rumours) to others. ¹

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Definition of Retail

1. to sell in small quantities [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Retail

retail (current term)
retail chain
retail merchant
retail pharmacy
retail price index
retail store
retail theft
retail therapy

Literary usage of Retail

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1. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1921)
"In The Field of retail Advertising AN ELECTRIC SIGN ON THE BEST VANTAGE POINT ... It would seem to be a happy idea if the retail bookseller should visit his ..."

2. Bulletin by United States (1918)
"In issuing this bulletin the Federal Board for Vocational Education hopes not only to stimulate interest in the establishment of retail selling courses in ..."

3. Journal by Texas Legislature. Senate, Legislature, Texas State Library, Texas (1909)
"election day by an agent, clerk or other person acting for any retail liquor dealer or retail malt dealer, or other person, shall be deemed and taken to be ..."

4. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1911)
""And written contracts were required with all retailers of your orator's said proprietary remedies, medicine*, and cures, as follows: "retail Agency ..."

5. Gold, Prices, and Wages Under the Greenback Standard by Wesley Clair Mitchell (1908)
"The broad comparisons between the movements of prices at retail and wholesale made in the last section are subject to the objection that, the two lists of ..."

6. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1911)
"“It is further agreed that the proprietor will cause each retail package of its goods to be identified by a number, and said consignee hereby agrees to ..."

7. Gold, Prices, and Wages Under the Greenback Standard by Wesley Clair Mitchell (1908)
"The material available for the investigation of fluctuations in retail prices ... The only large collection of data is the "Report on the Average retail ..."

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