wholesale Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"wholesale" in British English

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wholesaleadjective, adverb

uk   /ˈhəʊl.seɪl/  us   /ˈhoʊl-/

wholesale adjective, adverb (SELLING)

of or for the ​selling of ​goods in ​largeamounts at ​lowprices 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

wholesalenoun [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 ​coatdirect from the ​factory at wholesale.
(Definition of wholesale from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"wholesale" in American English

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wholesalenoun [U]

 us   /ˈhoʊlˌseɪl/

wholesale noun [U] (SELLING)

the ​activity of ​sellinggoods, usually in ​largeamounts, to ​businesses which then ​sell them to the ​public
wholesaler
noun [C]  us   /ˈhoʊlˌseɪ·lər/

wholesaleadjective

 us   /ˈhoʊl·seɪl/

wholesale adjective (COMPLETE)

involving everyone or everything; ​complete: What the ​systemneeds is wholesale ​reform.
(Definition of wholesale from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"wholesale" in Business English

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wholesalenoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈhəʊlseɪl/ COMMERCE
the ​activity of ​sellinggoods to ​stores, other ​businesses, etc. rather than to the ​public: He ​raisedprices slightly for wholesale and ​retail.
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wholesaleadjective

uk   us   /ˈhəʊlseɪl/
relating to the ​activity of ​sellinggoods or ​services to ​stores, other ​businesses, etc. rather than to the ​public: Producer ​prices are a ​gauge of ​costs at the wholesale ​level.a wholesale price/rate The wholesale ​marketprice of ​gasoline is ​starting to ​rise.wholesale sales/trade During August, ​total wholesale ​salesdropped 0.9%.a wholesale business/company He set up a wholesale ​business and ​internetsite. He ​takes his ​producedaily to the wholesale ​market in Bradford. Squeezed between ​manufacturers and ​retailers is the wholesale ​sector. The ​bankplans to ​exit wholesale ​banking to ​concentrate on its ​corepersonalfinancialservicesbusiness.
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wholesaleadverb

uk   us   /ˈhəʊlseɪl/
if something is ​sold wholesale, it is ​sold to ​stores, other ​businesses, etc. rather than to the ​public: Breeders who ​sell puppies wholesale to a ​broker or pet ​store must obtain a USDA ​license. All of her furniture was ​bought wholesale.
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(Definition of wholesale from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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