\ ˈsāl How to pronounce sale (audio) \

Definition of sale

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act of selling specifically : the transfer of ownership of and title to property from one person to another for a price
2a : opportunity of selling or being sold : demand
b : distribution by selling
3 : public disposal to the highest bidder : auction
4 : a selling of goods at bargain prices
5 sales plural
a : operations and activities involved in promoting and selling goods or services vice president in charge of sales
b : gross receipts
for sale
: available for purchase
on sale
1 : for sale
2 : available for purchase at a reduced price


geographical name
Sa·​lé | \ sa-ˈlā How to pronounce Salé (audio) \
variants: or chiefly formerly Sallee \ ˈsa-​lē How to pronounce Salé (audio) \ or Arabic Sla \ ˈslä How to pronounce Salé (audio) \

Definition of Salé (Entry 2 of 2)

city and port at the mouth of a river in northwestern Morocco; a northern suburb of Rabat area population 849,000

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Synonyms for sale

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of sale in a Sentence

Noun They profited from the sale of the house. Sales are up by $6,000 this month. The company made over one million dollars in sales this quarter. The store is having a spring sale. Everything in the store will be 15 percent off during the sale. There is a sale on flights between New York and Paris. He has a job in sales. The department is in charge of sales and marketing.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Local artisans will have handcrafted items for sale, and musicians will be at some gardens. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 June 2021 The fierce competition for stones has led some manufacturers to even buy polished diamonds to fill demand from retailers, rather than compete for rough goods to polish and cut for sale. Thomas Biesheuvel, Fortune, 9 June 2021 Rental car companies, which sold thousands of vehicles early on in the pandemic to shore up their finances, are adding to the crush of demand and holding on to stock that would otherwise have been put up for sale. Hanna Ziady, CNN, 9 June 2021 There will be a couple of food trucks and beverages for sale. Annie Alleman,, 9 June 2021 The day that a home is listed for sale in South Florida makes a big difference in what happens with it, according to a market analysis from Zillow, an online real estate marketplace. Amber Randall,, 9 June 2021 SK Telecom, South Korea’s biggest mobile carrier, and private equity firm MBK Partners, the largest shareholder of discount store chain Homeplus, reportedly dropped out of the race to acquire eBay Korea, which has been up for sale since last year. Mark Faithfull, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Over FaceTime, Tracy holds up a few glass jars of her favorite strains, all grown within a few miles of her living room and ready for sale. Noah Daly, Rolling Stone, 7 June 2021 There are currently 904 unsold homes for sale in new developments in San Francisco, according to Polaris Pacific, which markets and sells condos. J.k. Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 June 2021

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First Known Use of sale


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for sale


Middle English, from Old English sala; akin to Old High German sala transfer, Old English sellan to sell — more at sell

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The first known use of sale was before the 12th century

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12 Jun 2021

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“Sale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sale

: the act of selling something : the exchange of goods, services, or property for money
: the total amount of money that a business receives from selling goods or services
: an event or occasion during which a business sells goods or services at prices that are lower than usual


\ ˈsāl How to pronounce sale (audio) \

Kids Definition of sale

1 : an exchange of goods or property for money
2 : an event at which goods are sold at lowered prices
for sale
: available to be bought The house is for sale.



Legal Definition of sale

1a : the transfer of title to property from one party to another for a price also : the contract of such a transaction — see also short entry 1 sense 3 — compare barter, donation, exchange, gift
absolute sale
: a sale that takes place without conditions and with title simply passing to the buyer upon payment of the price — compare conditional sale in this entry
bulk sale
: a sale not in the ordinary course of the seller's business of more than half of the seller's inventory

called also bulk transfer

Note: Article 6 of the Uniform Commercial Code governs bulk sales. Under section 6-102(c), in order for a sale to be considered a bulk sale, the buyer (or an auctioneer or liquidator if the sale is an auction) must have been given notice or been able upon reasonable inquiry to have had notice that the seller will not afterward continue to operate the same or a similar kind of business.

cash sale
: a sale in which payment must be made in cash

Note: Under U.C.C. section 2-310, payment must be made in cash at the time and place that the buyer receives the goods unless there is a prior agreement between the parties for a sale on credit.

conditional sale
: a sale that is complete only when one or more conditions are met specifically : a sale in which the seller extends credit to the buyer to purchase the item and takes a security interest in the item with the buyer receiving title when the debt has been fully paid off — compare absolute sale in this entry
execution sale
: a sale carried out to execute a judgment under authority of a judicial officer (as a court clerk) but not by court order
forced sale
: a sale of property ordered by a court in order to satisfy a creditor's judgment against a debtor
foreclosure sale
: a sale of property upon default of a mortgage to satisfy the debt
judicial sale
: a sale of property conducted by an authorized official by order of a court : forced sale in this entry
private sale
: an often unadvertised sale of property that is not open to the general public and does not take place at a set time or place
public sale
: a sale (as an auction) that is publicly advertised and that takes place at a location open to the public
sale in gross
: a sale of a tract of land that is not made with a guarantee as to the exact amount of land involved also : the sale of an undivided property (as in execution of a judgment)
sale on approval
: a conditional sale whose completion depends on acceptance of the goods by a buyer (as a consumer) receiving them primarily for use with the option to return them if they do not meet his or her approval even though they conform to contract
sale or return
: a conditional sale whose completion depends on acceptance of the goods by a buyer (as a merchant) receiving them primarily for resale with the option to return them if they are not resold even though they conform to contract
sheriff's sale
: a forced sale of property by a sheriff or deputy sheriff
short sale
1 : a sale of securities or commodities that the seller does not possess or has not contracted for at the time of the sale

Note: The purpose of a short sale is to profit from an anticipated drop in the price of a security or commodity. Typically, an investor directs a broker to borrow a quantity of stocks and to sell them at the current price. If the price drops, the investor then repurchases an equal quantity at the lower price, returns the borrowed stocks, and retains the difference in price as profit. If the price rises instead of falling, the investor may choose or be compelled to repurchase the stocks at a higher price and to accept a loss.

2 : the sale of a mortgaged property in which the property owner receives for the sale less than the amount owing on the mortgage loan and the lender agrees to accept the amount received as payment in full of the mortgage loan

Note: Short sales are sometimes used as an alternative to foreclosure.

tax sale
: a forced sale of property resulting from nonpayment of taxes by the owner — compare tax lien at lien
b : a contract for selling or disposing of a security or an interest in a security for value — see also short entry 1 sense 2b, wash sale
2 : the transfer of a controlled substance to another person for money or other consideration
3 : a selling of goods at lower than usual prices
4 plural
a : operations and activities involved in promoting and selling goods and services vice-president of sales
b : gross receipts
c : income calculated under the accrual basis of accounting


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