Pronunciation: (hōl'sāl"), [key]
—n., adj., adv., v., -saled, -sal•ing.
the sale of goods in quantity, as to retailers or jobbers, for resale (opposed to retail).
1. of, pertaining to, or engaged in sale by wholesale.
2. extensive; broadly indiscriminate: wholesale discharge of workers.
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.
to sell by wholesale.
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