wholesale

Use the adjective wholesale to describe something that's done on a big, broad scale, like wholesale changes made by a new government that affect an entire country.

It's pretty common to see the phrase "wholesale destruction," especially when historians are talking about the overwhelming effects of war or ecological disasters. When wholesale is a verb, it has a very different meaning — to sell things in bulk, usually to someone who is going to sell it again at a higher retail price. The earliest meaning of the word was "in large quantities," combining whole and sale into the phrase "by whole sale."

Definitions of wholesale
1

n the selling of goods to merchants; usually in large quantities for resale to consumers

Antonyms:
retail
the selling of goods to consumers; usually in small quantities and not for resale
Type of:
marketing, merchandising, selling
the exchange of goods for an agreed sum of money

adj ignoring distinctions

wholesale destruction”
Synonyms:
sweeping
indiscriminate
not marked by fine distinctions

v sell in large quantities

Antonyms:
retail
sell on the retail market
retail
be sold at the retail level
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Type of:
sell
exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent

adv at a wholesale price

“I can sell it to you wholesale
Antonyms:
retail
at a retail price

adv on a large scale without careful discrimination

“I buy food wholesale
Synonyms:
in large quantities

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