wholesalewholesale2 ●○○ adjective1BBTrelating to the business of selling goods in large quantities at low prices to other businesses, rather than to the general public → retailwholesale prices2BIG[usually before noun]affecting almost everything or everyone, and often done without any concern for the resultsthe capture and wholesale destruction of a cityThis company will not be successful until there are wholesale changes. —wholesale adverbI can get it for you wholesale.
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wholesale• Nor does there seem to have been any wholesaleburning of books and manuscripts.• Banks were able to bid aggressively for wholesaledeposits and to take in funds in return for the issue of certificates of deposit.• As Figure 17.6 shows, wholesale funding has accounted for a growingshare of the buildingsocieties' total funding.• There may be speculation that wholesale prices will fallfurther, he said.• The shopkeeperbuys his fruit and vegetables at wholesale prices.• What we need is a wholesalerestructuring of the process.From Longman Business Dictionarywholesalewhole‧sale1 /ˈhəʊlseɪlˈhoʊl-/ noun [uncountable]COMMERCEthe business of selling large quantities of goods at low prices to other businesses, rather than to the general publicwholesalewholesale2 adjectiveCOMMERCE1involving the business of selling goods in large quantities to businesses, rather than to the general publicThewholesale trade sector lost 14,000 jobs.Japan’s overallwholesale prices in December were unchanged.2involving the business of providingservices to other businesses, rather than to the general publicThe country’s long-term credit banks are primarily wholesale lenders (=banks that lend to other financial institutions and to companies). → compareretail1 —wholesale adverbDealing wholesale requires certification by a local authority.