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wholesale

adjective, adverb uk   /ˈhəʊl.seɪl/ us    /ˈhoʊl-/

wholesale adjective, adverb (SELLING)

of or for the selling of goods in large amounts at low prices to shops and businesses, rather than the selling of goods in shops to customers: wholesale prices a wholesale supplier/business We only sell wholesale, not to the public.
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wholesale adjective, adverb (COMPLETE)

often disapproving (especially of something bad or too extreme) complete or affecting a lot of things, people, places, etc.: wholesale changes wholesale destruction

wholesale

noun [U] US ( UK trade price)
the price at which goods are sold to shops by the people who produce them, rather than the price which the customer usually pays in the shop: I bought my coat direct from the factory at wholesale.
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