Definition of retail in US English:



Pronunciation /ˈriˌteɪl//ˈrēˌtāl/
  • The sale of goods to the public in relatively small quantities for use or consumption rather than for resale.

    as modifier ‘the product's retail price’
    • ‘With ‘buy now, pay later’ offers you usually end up paying a lot more for a product than its regular retail price.’
    • ‘‘They tend to locate in shopping centres and they have not taken retail warehousing space to date,’ said Miller.’
    • ‘Some distributors opted to raise prices they charged retail customers rather than wait for payments.’
    • ‘The retail price is just under $100, which is rather inexpensive for its deluxe features.’
    • ‘While some consumers remain stringently brand loyal, private label products account for 50 percent of retail butter sales.’
    • ‘The then commonplace conclusion was that taxes on retail sales would be passed on to consumers.’
    • ‘To survive I had to branch out into retail advertising, public relations, and nonprofit agencies.’
    • ‘While most publishers don't sell to retail customers via the Internet, they do accept wholesale orders from galleries and art dealers.’
    • ‘The upsurge in demand for organic produce has led all the major retail outlets to recognize sales potential in the organic sector.’
    • ‘The model was examined in the context of a consumer relationship with two retail service brands.’
    • ‘It also potentially hurts milk consumption by spurring retail prices upward.’
    • ‘Various laws, often imposed by the states, restrained price competition in retail trade.’
    • ‘There is also an over-the-counter market where retail investors can pick up bonds.’
    • ‘A question on the sales of retail life products since the start of the year was brushed aside.’
    • ‘Yet the move has backfired because the figures also reveal that its retail market share has dropped to under 40 per cent.’
    • ‘So our peak performance has nothing to do with expanded retail trade, although retail trade productivity has grown a lot.’
    • ‘Sheehy is a career banker whose progress through the ranks has been mainly within retail banking.’
    • ‘Some seed companies are selling more through retail outlets, which cuts into the customer base of their existing dealers.’
    • ‘Stumbling retail sales indicate consumers are losing faith in a rebound and are reining in spending - a possible precursor to slower home sales.’
    • ‘Moreover, the drop in gasoline prices made June retail sales look softer than they really were.’


Pronunciation /ˈrēˌtāl//ˈriˌteɪl/
  • Being sold by retail.

    ‘it is not yet available retail’
    • ‘New tranches are priced at the start of each week, and the notes are sold retail, with a minimum $1,000 investment.’
    • ‘The cost structure of a firm selling primarily wholesale can be substantially different from the cost structure of a grower selling primarily retail.’
    • ‘From DVD players to coins to vacation stays, prices can be up to 70 % off retail.’
    • ‘The cell was $30 off retail and I want to give my old phone to my mother.’
    • ‘Agricultural products and consumer goods are sold wholesale and retail.’


[with object]
Pronunciation /ˈrēˌtāl/
  • 1Sell (goods) to the public by retail.

    ‘the difficulties in retailing the new products’
    • ‘In addition to selling direct to his neighbors, Grant retails the products of his farm at a number of local farmers' markets and food co-ops.’
    • ‘Of course, Amazon is about much more than books and music, thanks to its decision to move into retailing a vast array of products.’
    • ‘Further, there is little hard evidence available on the output of provision grounds and gardens, and much of this produce was in any case retailed by the slaves in public markets and not necessarily consumed or exchanged for food items.’
    • ‘But niche retailing is not about retailing a single product but a specialisation in a particular product type.’
    • ‘In these promotions, the state rewarded consumers with material things and consumers aided the state through consumption of items produced or retailed by state enterprises.’
    • ‘It's not just ‘Dave selling bandwidth,’ but Dave retailing the services of a top-notch provider.’
    sell, stock, keep, keep in stock, offer, have for sale, have, market, supply, trade in, deal in, traffic in, peddle, hawk
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    1. 1.1retail at/forno object (of goods) be sold by retail for (a specified price)
      ‘the product retails for around $20’
      • ‘But its high-end product line, with each piece of equipment retailing at prices from $650,000 to $3 million, was expensive to produce.’
      • ‘According to Tesco, the company has initiated a series of major price cuts in Irish supermarkets in the past two years, with its own-label milk, bread, butter and sugar now retailing at prices lower than those of September 2000.’
      • ‘In Toronto, I spotted ice wine retailing at double the price of good quality imports from France.’
      • ‘They normally retail for $250, but health clubs can purchase 20 or more for $195 each.’
      • ‘In particular, the price of green onions more than tripled, to NT $300 per kilogram, while tomatoes and sweet peppers retailed for double their usual price.’
      • ‘Fifteen years in the making, Mr Dyson's cleaners stormed British homes in the 1990s, despite retailing at almost double the price of more established brands.’
      • ‘If 48 tracks seems excessive, this retails at standard single-CD price and reveals unexpected depth to an often overlooked artist.’
      • ‘There's nothing to hold them back now, and with the lowest processors in the chain all retailing at the same price, there seems to be no end to the upscale.’
      • ‘The boots normally retail at £80.90, including delivery.’
      • ‘The ball promised to be one of the big events for that night, with tickets that were retailing at the price of two weeks' salary, all proceeds going to charity, of course, and a guest list that read like a ‘who's who’ of New York City.’
      be priced at, sell at, retail at, go for, be, be found for, be trading at, cost
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  • 2Recount or relate details of (a story or event) to others.

    ‘his inimitable way of retailing a diverting anecdote’
    • ‘Sorensen retails an anecdote of Smollett walking with another Scot in London around the time of the battle of Culloden, their swords drawn, Smollett warning his companion to keep his mouth shut lest the mob recognize his Scottish accent.’
    • ‘I proceeded to retail my meeting with Derek from beginning to end; Jenny listened eagerly, chewing on the nail of her index finger.’
    • ‘He therefore lays little stress on geographical wonders, and in searching for detailed information retails long passages of by then out-of-date description, which can make the interpretation of his evidence very hazardous.’
    • ‘His work, completed about 1469, retailed the story as a tragedy.’
    • ‘It is against this backdrop of an already emerging consensus that we must evaluate the famous anecdote retailed by Jefferson about the dinner bargain that set the capital on the Potomac.’
    tell, recount, narrate, give an account of, describe
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Late Middle English: from an Anglo-Norman French use of Old French retaille ‘a piece cut off’, from retaillier, from re- (expressing intensive force) + tailler ‘to cut’.