wholesale

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From whole +‎ sale.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈhoʊlseɪl/
  • (file)

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wholesale (countable and uncountable, plural wholesales)

  1. (business) The sale of products, often in large quantities, to retailers or other merchants.
    Synonym: bulk supply

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wholesale (comparative more wholesale, superlative most wholesale)

  1. Of or relating to sale in large quantities, for resale.
  2. (figuratively) Extensive, indiscriminate, all-encompassing; blanket.
    The bombing resulted in wholesale destruction.
    • 1961 October, “The winter timetables of British Railways: London Midland Region”, in Trains Illustrated, page 593:
      By wholesale omission of connections and by the use of a microscopic scale of photographic reproduction which makes some of the most important tables difficult to read, the size has been cut down from last winter's 580 to 520 pages only.

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Adverb[edit]

wholesale (comparative more wholesale, superlative most wholesale)

  1. In bulk or large quantity.
  2. (figuratively) Indiscriminately.

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wholesale (third-person singular simple present wholesales, present participle wholesaling, simple past and past participle wholesaled)

  1. To sell at wholesale.
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