Definition of sell
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 saleb : to give up in return for something else especially foolishly or dishonorably sold his birthright for a mess of pottagec : to exact a price for sold their lives dearly
3a : to deliver into slavery for moneyb : to give into the power of another sold his soul to the devilc : 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 Congressb : 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 cerealb : to make or attempt to make sales toc : to influence or induce to make a purchase
8 : to achieve a sale of sold a million copies
sellableplay \ˈse-lə-bəl\ adjective
sell down the river
Examples of sell in a Sentence
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.
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 centurySee Words from the same year
First Known Use of sell
Definition of sell
chiefly Scottish variant of self
SELL Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of sell for Students
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.
1 : to be bought until all are gone Tickets quickly sold out.
2 : to betray a person or duty They sold out their country.
Legal Definition of sell
: to sell something one does not own : make a short sale
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