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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
the wholesale price (=the price that a business such as a shop pays to buy something)
▪ Wholesale coffee prices have fallen.
the wholesale trade (=businesses which sell goods in large quantities at low prices to other businesses, rather than to the general public)
▪ In the domestic market, the wholesale trade and retail trade developed rapidly.
wholesale destructionformal (= total)
▪ It was an act of war, the wholesale destruction of a city.
▪ Ray picks a number out of thin air -- generally below wholesale -- and the deal is done.
▪ Record grain prices have already forced cutbacks in chicken production, producing a 16 percent increase in broiler prices at wholesale.
▪ Shosteck said the lowest wholesale prices for cellular phones was $ 216 in 1993.
▪ Me, I am temporarily in the wholesale business.
▪ People in manufacturing or wholesale businesses frequently have revolving loan agreements with their banks.
▪ Should we keep the wholesale business?
▪ True, rather than making wholesale changes, gradual changes should be made.
▪ While the threat of wholesale destruction failed to materialize, the cathedrals were turned over to a variety of secular uses.
▪ Single-handed he did his best to prevent the wholesale destruction of the big houses in Spital Square.
▪ San Salvador has five main retail markets with a total of 8,000 stalls and one wholesale market.
▪ One major distinction is between over-the-counter markets and auction markets, a second, between wholesale markets and retail markets.
▪ Covent Garden deals in it, as do many provincial wholesale markets.
▪ One basic distinction is between wholesale markets and retail markets.
▪ This is the largest of the wholesale markets, and its existence has revolutionized banking business.
▪ The outlet for these products are the local wholesale markets.
▪ The displays seem rather tame after the wholesale market and there is not a melon to be seen.
▪ A decree of Oct. 4 ordered a switch in 1991 from fixed to negotiated contract wholesale prices.
▪ He threatened to take over private power plants caught withholding electricity to drive up wholesale prices.
▪ In past, cuts in wholesale prices have been absorbed by big retailers.
▪ There may be speculation that wholesale prices will fall further, he said.
▪ Domestic wholesale prices were up 2.6% year-on-year in January.
▪ Producer prices rose 7. 2 percent and wholesale prices were up 10. 4 percent, both below economists' expectations.
▪ Its wholesale prices were unchanged, trimming the annual rise to 5.1%, down from 5.8% in January.
▪ Shortly before, the government reported an increase in wholesale prices that was in line with expectations.
▪ The shopkeeper buys his fruit and vegetables at wholesale prices.
▪ What we need is a wholesale restructuring of the process.
▪ As Figure 17.6 shows, wholesale funding has accounted for a growing share of the building societies' total funding.
▪ Banks were able to bid aggressively for wholesale deposits and to take in funds in return for the issue of certificates of deposit.
▪ Nor does there seem to have been any wholesale burning of books and manuscripts.
▪ There may be speculation that wholesale prices will fall further, he said.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Wholesale \Whole"sale`\, n. Sale of goods by the piece or large quantity, as distinguished from retail.

By wholesale, in the mass; in large quantities; without distinction or discrimination.

Some, from vanity or envy, despise a valuable book, and throw contempt upon it by wholesale.
--I. Watts.


Wholesale \Whole"sale`\, a.

  1. Pertaining to, or engaged in, trade by the piece or large quantity; selling to retailers or jobbers rather than to consumers; as, a wholesale merchant; the wholesale price.

  2. Extensive and indiscriminate; as, wholesale slaughter. ``A time for wholesale trust.''
    --Mrs. Humphry Ward.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., "in large quantities," from whole (adj.) + sale; the general sense of "extensive" is attested from 1640s. As a verb from 1800. Related: Wholesaling; wholesaler.

  1. 1 Of or relating to sale in large quantities, for resale. 2 extensive, indiscriminate, all-encompassing; blanket. adv. 1 In bulk or large quantity. 2 indiscriminately. n. The sale of products, often in large quantities, to retailers or other merchants. v

  2. To sell at wholesale.

  1. adj. selling or related to selling goods in large quantities for resale to the consumer; "wholesale prices"; "a wholesale produce market" [ant: retail]

  2. ignoring distinctions; "sweeping generalizations"; "wholesale destruction" [syn: sweeping]


n. the selling of goods to merchants; usually in large quantities for resale to consumers [ant: retail]

  1. adv. at a wholesale price; "I can sell it to you wholesale" [ant: retail]

  2. on a large scale without careful discrimination; "I buy food wholesale" [syn: in large quantities]


v. sell in large quantities [ant: retail]


Usage examples of "wholesale".

For example, when the boy, after leaving school, is set to fill an order in a wholesale drug store, he will in the one experience be compelled to use various phases of his chemical, arithmetical, writing, and bookkeeping knowledge, and that perhaps in the midst of a mass of other accidental impressions.

Stewart, who erected on its site his palatial wholesale store, which extends along Broadway to Chambers street.

Sabin meant she was not going to have a general debarcation, no celebration, no letting their dangerous cargo loose wholesale.

What happened however was that the long fight about trying to get these small easements and to prevent the wholesale scrapping of one vast front in order to conform to a rigid date upon the other led to prolonged, unsatisfactory operations in Italy.

And when the good fathers had reached the appointed place, the house of Bernard Kiernan and Co, limited, 8, 9 and 10 little Britain street, wholesale grocers, wine and brandy shippers, licensed fo the sale of beer, wine and spirits for consumption on the premises, the celebrant blessed the house and censed the mullioned windows and the groynes and the vaults and the arrises and the capitals and the pediments and the cornices and the engrailed arches and the spires and the cupolas and sprinkled the lintels thereof with blessed water and prayed that God might bless that house as he had blessed the house of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and make the angels of His light to inhabit therein.

In a pinch, in place of ephedrine Bennie could also use phenylalanine, an amino acid sold wholesale in health-food stores at two hundred bucks for forty pounds.

Cardew married a Berdoe, it will be remembered, and this Robert Berdoe was a wealthy wholesale ironmonger, who carried on business in Southwark.

A small man, wearing a stylish but somewhat gaudy Ionian purple snakeskin jacket with illuminated kummerbund and curly-toed Brazilian pigbark slippers, Mini looked exactly what he was: a dealer in wholesale dried fruit.

I remember his ordering a wholesale bleeding of his patients, right and left, whatever might be the matter with them, one morning when a phlebotomizing fit was on him.

Albrecht Amsel was known as a wholesale purchaser of fresh-water fish as well as deep-sea fish: chests of the lightest pinewood, golden yellow and packed full of smoked flounder, smoked eel, sprats both loose and bundled, lampreys, codfish roe, and strongly or subtly smoked Vistula salmon, with the inscription: A.

As at the ancient tumulus, he recognized the point where one chose a strategic retreat over wholesale disaster.

In this case a North Carolina tax was assessed on the income of a New York corporation, which bought leather, manufactured it in North Carolina, and sold its products at wholesale and retail in New York.

Since then he had bedded Aurora Mcentire, been ambushed and wounded by the men working for that mysterious boss, fought his way out of that trouble, reached the lumber camp too late to prevent more murders, and raced here to the Diamond K in a desperate attempt to forestall an even more wholesale slaughter.

On another occasion I had helped the Minids outlast a siege of giant hyenas by reciting a story and obediently shooting one of the besiegers with my besottedness to wholesale ingestion by a leopard.

Larut, although aided by Captain Speedy and a force of well-drilled troops recruited by him in India, and possessing four Krupp guns, was powerless to restore order, and Larut was destroyed, being absolutely turned into a wilderness, in which all but three houses had been burned, and, while the Malays had fled, the surviving Si Kwans were living behind stockades, while those of the faction opposed to that with which the Mentri and his Commander-in-Chief, Captain Speedy, had allied themselves, were living on the products of orchards from which their owners had been driven, and on booty, won by a wholesale system of piracy and murder, practiced not only on the Perak waters but on the high seas.