Meaning of “wholesale” in the English Dictionary

"wholesale" in British English

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wholesaleadjective, adverb

uk /ˈhəʊl.seɪl/ us /ˈhoʊl.seɪl/

wholesalenoun [ U ]

/ˈhəʊl.seɪl/ /ˈhoʊl.seɪl/ US UK trade price

(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 selling goods, usually in large amounts, 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 system needs 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 /ˈhəʊlseɪl/ us COMMERCE

the activity of selling goods to stores, other businesses, etc. rather than to the public:

He raised prices slightly for wholesale and retail.

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wholesaleadjective

uk /ˈhəʊlseɪl/ us

relating to the activity of selling goods 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 market price of gasoline is starting to rise.
wholesale sales/trade During August, total wholesale sales dropped 0.9%.
a wholesale business/company He set up a wholesale business and internet site.
He takes his produce daily to the wholesale market in Bradford.
Squeezed between manufacturers and retailers is the wholesale sector.

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wholesaleadverb

uk /ˈhəʊlseɪl/ us

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)