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Meaning of wholesale

whole•sale

Pronunciation: (hōl'sāl"), [key]
— n., adj., adv., v., -saled, -sal•ing.
—n.
  1. the sale of goods in quantity, as to retailers or jobbers, for resale (opposed to retail).
—adj.
  1. of, pertaining to, or engaged in sale by wholesale.
  2. extensive; broadly indiscriminate: wholesale discharge of workers.
—adv.
  1. in a wholesale way; on wholesale terms: I can get it for you wholesale.
  2. in large quantities; on a large scale, esp. without discrimination: Wild horses were slaughtered wholesale.
—v.t., v.i.
  1. to sell by wholesale.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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