Sell meaning

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To offer or have available for sale.

The store sells health foods.

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An act of selling.

This is going to be a tough sell.

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(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.

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To exchange ownership for money or its equivalent; engage in selling.

Are any of the fruit vendors still selling?

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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.

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To give up or surrender in exchange for a price or reward.

Sell one's soul to the devil.

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Something that sells or gains acceptance in a particular way.

Their program to raise taxes will be a difficult sell.

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(slang) A deception; a hoax.
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To give up, deliver, or exchange (property, goods, services, etc.) for money or its equivalent.
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To give up or dispose of (one's honor, one's vote, etc.) for profit or a dishonorable purpose.
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To bring about, help in, or promote, the sale of.

Television sells many products.

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(slang) To cheat or dupe.
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To exchange property, goods, or services for money, etc.
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To work or act as a salesman or salesclerk.
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To be sold; attract buyers: often used with reference to the rate of sale.

To sell well, poorly, etc.

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To be sold (for or at)

Belts selling for six dollars.

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(informal) To be accepted, approved, etc.

A scheme that won't sell.

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(slang) A trick or hoax.
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Selling or salesmanship.
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(ergative) To be sold.

This old stock will never sell. The corn sold for a good price.

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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.

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(slang) To trick, cheat, or manipulate someone.
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(professional wrestling, slang) To pretend that an opponent's blows or maneuvers are causing legitimate injury; to act.
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(colloquial, dated) An imposition, a cheat; a hoax.
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(archaic) A saddle.
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To exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent.

We sold our old car for a modest sum.

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To be purchased in (a certain quantity); achieve sales of.

A book that sold a million copies.

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To persuade (another) to recognize the worth or desirability of something.

They sold me on the idea.

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To be sold or be on sale.

Grapes are selling high this season.

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To attract prospective buyers; be popular on the market.

An item that doesn't sell.

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To be approved of; gain acceptance.

An idea that just wouldn't sell.

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An act or instance of selling.

Ordered a sell of his shares in the company.

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(informal) sell a bill of goods
  • To take unfair advantage of.
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(informal) sell down the river
  • To betray the trust or faith of.
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sell short
  • 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.
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sell off
  • to get rid of by selling, esp. at low prices
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sell oneself
  • to exchange one's services for a price, esp. for a dishonorable purpose, as for prostitution
  • to convince another of one's worth
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sell out
  • to get rid of completely by selling
  • to betray (one's associates, cause, country, etc.)
  • to give up or be unfaithful to one's artistic aspirations or moral principles so as to achieve success, financial gain, etc.
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sell short
  • to sell securities, etc. not yet owned
  • to value at less than its worth; underestimate
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(brit.) sell up
  • to sell something, as a house or business, or everything that one owns
    They sold up in London and moved to a village in Wales.
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Origin of sell

  • Middle English sellen from Old English sellan to give, sell

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English sellen, from Old English sellan (“give"), later "give up for money", from Proto-Germanic *saljanÄ…. Compare Danish sælge, Swedish sälja, Icelandic selja.

    From Wiktionary

  • From French selle, from Latin sella.

    From Wiktionary