The store sells health foods.
This is going to be a tough sell.
Are any of the fruit vendors still selling?
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 one's soul to the devil.
Their program to raise taxes will be a difficult sell.
Television sells many products.
To sell well, poorly, etc.
Belts selling for six dollars.
A scheme that won't sell.
This old stock will never sell. The corn sold for a good price.
My boss is very old-fashioned and I'm having a lot of trouble selling the idea of working at home occasionally.
We sold our old car for a modest sum.
A book that sold a million copies.
They sold me on the idea.
Grapes are selling high this season.
An item that doesn't sell.
An idea that just wouldn't sell.
Ordered a sell of his shares in the company.
- To take unfair advantage of.
- To betray the trust or faith of.
- 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.
- to get rid of by selling, esp. at low prices
- to exchange one's services for a price, esp. for a dishonorable purpose, as for prostitution
- to convince another of one's worth
- 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.
- to sell securities, etc. not yet owned
- to value at less than its worth; underestimate
- to sell something, as a house or business, or everything that one ownsThey sold up in London and moved to a village in Wales.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
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 sÃ¦lge, Swedish sÃ¤lja, Icelandic selja.