sell

verb
\ ˈsel \
sold\ˈsōld \; selling

Definition of sell 

(Entry 1 of 4)

transitive verb

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

2a(1) : to give up (property) to another for something of value (such as money)

(2) : to offer for sale

b : 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

3a : to deliver into slavery for money

b : to give into the power of another sold his soul to the devil

c : to deliver the personal services of for money

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

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

6 : to impose on : cheat

7a : to cause or promote the sale of using television advertising to sell cereal

b : to make or attempt to make sales to

c : to influence or induce to make a purchase

8 : to achieve a sale of sold a million copies

intransitive verb

1 : to dispose of something by sale thinks now is a good time to sell

2 : to achieve a sale also : to achieve satisfactory sales hoped that the new line would sell

3 : to have a specified price

sell down the river

: to betray the faith of

sell short

1 : to make a short sale

2 : to fail to value properly : underestimate

sell

noun (1)

Definition of sell (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : a deliberate deception : hoax

2 : the act or an instance of selling

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

sell

noun (2)
\ ˈsel \
variants: or selle

Definition of sell (Entry 3 of 4)

archaic

: saddle

sell

Definition of sell (Entry 4 of 4)

chiefly Scottish variant of

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Other words from sell

Verb

sellable \ˈse-lə-bəl \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for sell

Synonyms: Verb

deal (in), market, merchandise (also merchandize), put up, retail, vend

Antonyms: Verb

buy, purchase

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Examples of sell in a Sentence

Verb

He buys and remodels houses and then sells them at a profit. Stock prices are increasing, so now is a good time to sell. Only a few stores sell that type of equipment.
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First Known Use of sell

Verb

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

Noun (1)

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sell

Verb

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

Noun (2)

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

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

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sell

verb

English Language Learners 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

sell

verb
\ ˈsel \
sold\ˈsōld \; selling

Kids Definition of sell

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

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

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

sell out

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

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

Other words from sell

seller noun

sell

verb
sold; selling

Legal Definition of sell 

transitive verb

1 : to transfer ownership of by sale — compare barter, convey, give

2 : to offer for sale

intransitive verb

: to dispose of something by sale : make a sale — compare donate

sell short

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

Other words from sell

seller noun

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