- An example of to sell is someone giving you fifty dollars for your bike.
- An example of to sell is being the cashier at a coffee shop and taking money for drinks made.
- An example of to sell is a bakery having muffins for sale.
transitive verbsold, sell′ing
- to give up, deliver, or exchange (property, goods, services, etc.) for money or its equivalent
- to have or offer regularly for sale; deal in: a store that sells hardware, to sell real estate
- to make or try to make sales in or to: to sell chain stores
- to give up or deliver (a person) to his or her enemies or into slavery, bondage, etc.
- to be a traitor to; betray (a country, cause, etc.)
- to give up or dispose of (one's honor, one's vote, etc.) for profit or a dishonorable purpose
- to bring about, help in, or promote, the sale of: television sells many products
- to establish faith, confidence, or belief in: to sell oneself to the public
- to persuade (someone) of the value of something; convince: with on: sell him on the idea
- Slang to cheat or dupe
Origin of sellMiddle English sellen from Old English sellan, to give, offer, akin to Gothic saljan, to offer (sacrifice): causative formation in sense “to cause to take” from Indo-European base an unverified form sel-, to take, grasp from source sale, Classical Greek helein, to take
- to exchange property, goods, or services for money, etc.
- to work or act as a salesman or salesclerk
- to be sold; attract buyers: often used with reference to the rate of sale: to sell well, poorly, etc.
- to be sold (for or at): belts selling for six dollars
- Informal to be accepted, approved, etc.: a scheme that won't sell
- Slang a trick or hoax
- selling or salesmanship
- to exchange one's services for a price, esp. for a dishonorable purpose, as for prostitution
- Informal to convince another of one's worth
- to get rid of completely by selling
- Informal to betray (one's associates, cause, country, etc.)
- Informal to give up or be unfaithful to one's artistic aspirations or moral principles so as to achieve success, financial gain, etc.
- to sell securities, etc. not yet owned
- to value at less than its worth; underestimate
verbsold, sell·ing, sells
- To exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent: We sold our old car for a modest sum.
- To offer or have available for sale: The store sells health foods.
- To give up or surrender in exchange for a price or reward: sell one's soul to the devil.
- To be purchased in (a certain quantity); achieve sales of: a book that sold a million copies.
- a. To bring about or encourage sales of; promote: Good publicity sold the product.b. To cause to be accepted; advocate successfully: We sold the proposal to the school committee.
- To persuade (another) to recognize the worth or desirability of something: They sold me on the idea.
- To exchange ownership for money or its equivalent; engage in selling: Are any of the fruit vendors still selling?
- To be sold or be on sale: Grapes are selling high this season.
- To attract prospective buyers; be popular on the market: an item that doesn't sell.
- To be approved of; gain acceptance: an idea that just wouldn't sell.
- An act or instance of selling: ordered a sell of his shares in the company.
- Something that sells or gains acceptance in a particular way: Their program to raise taxes will be a difficult sell.
- Slang A deception; a hoax.
Origin of sellMiddle English sellen from Old English sellan to give, sell
(third-person singular simple present sells, present participle selling, simple past and past participle sold)
- (intransitive) To transfer goods or provide services in exchange for money.
- I'll sell you all three for a hundred dollars. Sorry, I'm not prepared to sell.
- (ergative) To be sold.
- This old stock will never sell. The corn sold for a good price.
- To promote a particular viewpoint.
- My boss is very old-fashioned and I'm having a lot of trouble selling the idea of working at home occasionally.
- (slang) To trick, cheat, or manipulate someone.
- (professional wrestling, slang) To pretend that an opponent's blows or maneuvers are causing legitimate injury; to act.
From Middle English sellen, from Old English sellan (“give"), later "give up for money", from Proto-Germanic *saljanÄ…. Compare Danish sÃ¦lge, Swedish sÃ¤lja, Icelandic selja.
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