retail

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From the Old French verb retaillier.

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retail (uncountable)

  1. The sale of goods directly to the consumer; encompassing the storefronts, mail-order, websites, etc., and the corporate mechanisms, branding, advertising, etc. that support them, which are involved in the business of selling and point-of-sale marketing retail goods to the public.
    She works in retail.
  2. (colloquial) Retail price; full price; an abbreviated expression, meaning the full suggested price of a particular good or service, before any sale, discount, or other deal.
    I never pay retail for clothes.

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retail (not comparable)

  1. Of, or relating to the (actual or figurative) sale of goods or services directly to individuals.
    • 1997, “December 28”, Deseret News:
      "This is a very retail approach for us," Czerw said. "But when you buy one out of every six home loans in the US, you are going to have a constant flow ..."
    • 1999 December 12, NAEDINE JOY HAZELL, “TRAVEL INSIDER; Airport Malls Redefine 'Shopping on the Fly'”, Los Angeles Times:
      The future for Bradley International Airport near Hartford, Conn., also looks very retail. Plans call for $156 million to expand the main terminal,
    • 2010 September 17, “Sarah Palin's visit to Iowa keeps fans guessing”, Des Moines Register:
      But even with her level of celebrity, it would be very hard to win a race without engaging voters in a very retail way.

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Adverb[edit]

retail

  1. Direct to consumers, in retail quantities, or at retail prices.
    We've shut shown our reseller unit. We're only selling retail now.

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retail (third-person singular simple present retails, present participle retailing, simple past and past participle retailed)

  1. To sell at retail, or in small quantities directly to customers.
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 223d.
      a half part of this purveying is carried on within the city and is called retailing.
  2. To repeat or circulate (news or rumours) to others.

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