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sell

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verb \ˈsel\

Simple Definition of sell

  • : to exchange (something) for money

  • : to make (something) available to be bought

  • : to be able to be bought for a particular price

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sell

sold

play \ˈsōld\

selling

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to deliver or give up in violation of duty, trust, or loyalty and especially for personal gain :  betray —often used with out <sell out their country>

  3. 2a (1) :  to give up (property) to another for something of value (as money) (2) :  to offer for saleb :  to give up in return for something else especially foolishly or dishonorably <sold his birthright for a mess of pottage>c :  to exact a price for <sold their lives dearly>

  4. 3a :  to deliver into slavery for moneyb :  to give into the power of another <sold his soul to the devil>c :  to deliver the personal services of for money

  5. 4 :  to dispose of or manage for profit instead of in accordance with conscience, justice, or duty <sold their votes>

  6. 5a :  to develop a belief in the truth, value, or desirability of :  gain acceptance for <trying to sell a program to the Congress>b :  to persuade or influence to a course of action or to the acceptance of something <sell children on reading>

  7. 6 :  to impose on :  cheat

  8. 7a :  to cause or promote the sale of <using television advertising to sell cereal>b :  to make or attempt to make sales toc :  to influence or induce to make a purchase

  9. 8 :  to achieve a sale of <sold a million copies>

  10. intransitive verb
  11. 1 :  to dispose of something by sale <thinks now is a good time to sell>

  12. 2 :  to achieve a sale; also :  to achieve satisfactory sales <hoped that the new line would sell>

  13. 3 :  to have a specified price

sellable

play \ˈse-lə-bəl\ adjective

sell down the river

  1. :  to betray the faith of

sell short

  1. 1 :  to make a short sale

  2. 2 :  to fail to value properly :  underestimate

Examples of sell in a sentence

  1. He buys and remodels houses and then sells them at a profit.

  2. Stock prices are increasing, so now is a good time to sell.

  3. Only a few stores sell that type of equipment.



Origin and Etymology of sell

Middle English, from Old English sellan; akin to Old High German sellen to sell, Greek helein to take


First Known Use: before 12th century


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sell

noun

Definition of sell

  1. 1 :  a deliberate deception :  hoax

  2. 2 :  the act or an instance of selling

  3. 3 :  something to be sold or caused to be accepted <the new mystery novel was an easy sell>; also :  someone to whom something is sold <the new purchasing agent was a tough sell>



1838

First Known Use of sell

1838

Rhymes with sell

bel, bell, belle, cel, cell, dell, dwell, el, ell, fell, gel, Hel, hell, jell, knell, l, mell, quell, shell, smell, snell, spell, swell, tell, well, yell


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sell

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noun \ˈsel\

Definition of sell

archaic

  1. :  saddle



Variants of sell

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selle

Origin and Etymology of sell

Middle English selle, from Anglo-French sele, from Latin sella — more at settle


First Known Use: 15th century


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sell

Definition of sell

  1. chiefly Scottish variant of self





SELL Defined for Kids

sell

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verb \ˈsel\

Definition of sell for Students

sold

\ˈsōld\

selling

  1. 1 :  to exchange in return for money or something else of value <He sold his bike to my brother.>

  2. 2 :  to make available for sale <The store sells shoes.>

  3. 3 :  to be sold or priced <The new product is selling well.> <These sell for a dollar apiece.>

seller

noun

sell out

  1. 1 :  to be bought until all are gone <Tickets quickly sold out.>

  2. 2 :  to betray a person or duty <They sold out their country.>




Law Dictionary

sell

verb

Legal Definition of sell

sold

selling

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to transfer ownership of by sale — compare barter, convey, give

  3. 2 :  to offer for sale

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to dispose of something by sale :  make a sale — compare donate

seller

noun

sell short

  1. :  to sell something one does not own :  make a short sale





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