- Sell is defined as to exchange something for money, act as a sales clerk or offer for sale.
- 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.
sell definition by Webster's New World
- 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
- ☆ Informal
- 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: Middle 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
sell definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb sold sold , sell·ing, sells verb, transitive
- To exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent.
- To offer for sale, as for one's business or livelihood: The partners sell textiles.
- 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.
- 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 sells well.
- To be approved of; gain acceptance.
- The activity or method of selling.
- 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: Middle English sellen, from Old English sellan, to give, sell.
- sellˈa·ble adjective
sell - Business Definition
sell - Investment & Finance Definition
sell - Phrases/Idioms
- to exchange one's services for a price, esp. for a dishonorable purpose, as for prostitution
- â Informal to convince another of one's worth
- to get rid of completely by selling
- â Informal to betray (one's associates, cause, country, etc.)
- â 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
sell a bill of goods
sell down the river
- To contract for the sale of securities or commodities one expects to own at a later date and at more advantageous terms.
- To underestimate the true value or worth of: Don't sell your colleague short; she's a smart lawyer.