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retailnoun [U]

 us   /ˈri·teɪl/
the activity of selling goods to the public, usually in small amounts, for their own use

retailverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈri·teɪl/
to sell goods to the public, usually in small amounts, for their own use: [T] Country Miss makes and retails sportswear. [I] The software retails for $69.
retailer
noun [C]  us   /ˈri·teɪ·lər/
If you bought it there, you can’t take it back to another retailer.
(Definition of retail from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"retail" in British English

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retailnoun [U]

uk   /ˈriː.teɪl/  us   /ˈriː.teɪl/
C1 the activity of selling goods to the public, usually in shops: The job is open to applicants with over two years' experience in retail. The clothing company has six retail outlets (= shops) in Perth. $13 off the manufacturer's recommended retail price

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retailverb [T]

uk   /ˈriː.teɪl/  us   /ˈriː.teɪl/
(Definition of retail from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"retail" in Business English

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retailnoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈriːteɪl/ COMMERCE
the activity of selling goods to the public in stores, on the internet, etc., rather than selling to stores, other businesses, etc.: She has worked in retail her entire adult life. Organic food is one of the largest growth areas in food in the UK in retail. Food retail is extremely competitive.
a retail chain/outlet/store
a store or group of stores that sells goods to the public: They operate the largest toy retail chain in the country.
the retail market/sector/trade
the business activity of selling goods through stores to the public, or the companies involved in this: The company is now the UK's eighth-largest motor insurer in the retail market.
a retail buyer/consumer/customer
a person who buys goods, rather than a store or other business: Both companies are trying to attract retail customers.

retailadjective

uk   us   /ˈriːteɪl/ COMMERCE
connected with the activity of selling goods to the public, rather than selling to stores, etc.: retail demand/operations/profits The company needs to focus on its core retail business.

retailverb

uk   us   /ˈriːteɪl/ COMMERCE
[T] to sell goods to the public in stores, on the internet, etc.: They have a proven record in retailing clothes and shoes.
retail at/for sth
[I] to be sold at a particular price: The parts cost $3 to $5 per watch, while the finished products retailed for $150 to $200.

retailadverb

uk   us   /ˈriːteɪl/ COMMERCE
if something is sold retail, it is sold to the public in stores, on the internet, etc., rather than to stores, other businesses, etc.: buy/sell retail It's much cheaper to buy wholesale than retail.
(Definition of retail from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “retail”
in Spanish vender al por menor…
in Vietnamese bán lẻ…
in Malaysian runcit…
in Thai ขายปลีก…
in French vendre au détail…
in German im Einzelhandel verkaufen…
in Chinese (Simplified) 零售,零卖…
in Turkish perakende satış…
in Russian розничная торговля…
in Indonesian menjual eceran…
in Chinese (Traditional) 零售,零賣…
in Polish handel detaliczny…
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