Definition of wholesale adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈhəʊlseɪl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhoʊlseɪl//
    [only before noun] Cost and payment
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  1. 1connected with goods that are bought and sold in large quantities, especially so they can be sold again to make a profit wholesale prices compare retail1 See related entries: Cost and payment
  2. 2(especially of something bad) happening or done to a very large number of people or things the wholesale slaughter of innocent people
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: originally as by whole sale ‘in large quantities’.Extra examples Localized tensions had developed into wholesale slaughter. The government warned that wholesale changes could lead to major destabilization. They did their best to prevent the wholesale destruction of the cities.

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