I. noun Date: 15th century the sale of commodities in quantity usually for resale (as by a retail merchant) II. adjective Date: 1642 1. performed or existing on a large scale especially without discrimination <
wholesale slaughter
2. of, relating to, or engaged in the sale of commodities in quantity for resale <
a wholesale grocer
III. adverb Date: 1732 in a wholesale manner IV. verb (wholesaled; wholesaling) Date: 1800 transitive verb to sell (something) in quantity usually for resale intransitive verb to sell in quantity usually for resale

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