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sell

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verb \ ˈsel \

Definition of sell

sold play \ˈsōld\; selling
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
2 a (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
3 a :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
5 a :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
7 a :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

sellable

play \ˈse-lə-bəl\ adjective
sell down the river
:to betray the faith of
sell short
1 :to make a short sale
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


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sell

noun

Definition of sell

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

First Known Use of sell

1838


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sell

play
noun \ ˈsel \
variants: or selle

Definition of sell

archaic

Origin and Etymology of sell

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


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sell

Definition of sell

  • chiefly Scottish variant of

SELL Defined for English Language Learners

sell

play
verb

Definition of sell for English Language Learners

  • : to exchange (something) for money

  • : to make (something) available to be bought

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


SELL Defined for Kids

sell

play
verb \ ˈsel \

Definition of sell for Students

sold \ˈsōld\; selling
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.

seller

noun
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.

Law Dictionary

sell

verb

legal Definition of sell

sold; selling
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

seller

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


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