sell
I. verb (sold; selling) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English sellan; akin to Old High German sellen to sell, Greek helein to take Date: before 12th century transitive verb 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
>
2. a. (1) to give up (property) to another for something of value (as money) (2) to offer for sale b. to give up in return for something else especially foolishly or dishonorably <
sold his birthright for a mess of pottage
>
c. to exact a price for <
sold their lives dearly
>
3. a. to deliver into slavery for money b. to give into the power of another <
sold his soul to the devil
>
c. 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
>
5. a. to develop a belief in the truth, value, or desirability of ; gain acceptance for <
trying to sell a program to the Congress
>
b. to persuade or influence to a course of action or to the acceptance of something <
sell children on reading
>
6. to impose on ; cheat 7. a. to cause or promote the sale of <
using television advertising to sell cereal
>
b. to make or attempt to make sales to c. to influence or induce to make a purchase 8. to achieve a sale of <
sold a million copies
>
intransitive verb 1. to dispose of something by sale <
thinks now is a good time to sell
>
2. to achieve a sale; also to achieve satisfactory sales <
hoped that the new line would sell
>
3. to have a specified price • sellable adjective II. noun Date: 1838 1. a deliberate deception ; hoax 2. the act or an instance of selling 3. something to be sold or caused to be accepted <
the new mystery novel was an easy sell
>
; also someone to whom something is sold <
the new purchasing agent was a tough sell
>
III. noun or selle Etymology: Middle English selle, from Anglo-French sele, from Latin sella — more at settle Date: 15th century archaic saddle IV. chiefly Scottish variant of self

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  • sell — W1S1 [sel] v past tense and past participle sold [səuld US sould] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(give something for money)¦ 2¦(make something available)¦ 3¦(make somebody want something)¦ 4¦(be bought)¦ 5 sell like hot cakes 6¦(idea/plan)¦ 7 sell yourself 8 sell… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Sell — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Brian Sell (* 1978), US amerikanischer Leichtathlet Christian Sell (1831–1883), deutscher Maler Colin Sell (* 1948), britischer Pianist Eric Sell (* 1983), namibischer Musiker Friedrich L. Sell (* 1954),… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • sell — [sel] vt. sold, selling [ME sellen < OE sellan, to give, offer, akin to Goth saljan, to offer (sacrifice): caus. formation in sense “to cause to take” < IE base * sel , to take, grasp > SALE, Gr helein, to take] 1. to give up, deliver,… …   English World dictionary

  • sell — ► VERB (past and past part. sold) 1) hand over in exchange for money. 2) deal in (goods or property). 3) (of goods) attain sales. 4) (sell out) sell all of one s stock of something. 5) (sell up) sell all of one s proper …   English terms dictionary

  • sell — vb sold, sell·ing vt 1: to transfer ownership of by sale compare barter, convey, give 2: to offer for sale …   Law dictionary

  • sell — O.E. sellan to give, from P.Gmc. *saljanan (Cf. O.N. selja to hand over, deliver, sell; O.Fris. sella, O.H.G. sellen to give, hand over, sell; Goth. saljan to offer a sacrifice ), perhaps a causative form of the root of O.E. sala sale. One of the …   Etymology dictionary

  • Sell — (s[e^]l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sold} (s[=o]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Selling}.] [OE. sellen, sillen, AS. sellan, syllan, to give, to deliver; akin to OS. sellian, OFries. sella, OHG. sellen, Icel. selja to hand over, to sell, Sw. s[ a]lja to sell,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sell — (s[e^]l), v. i. 1. To practice selling commodities. [1913 Webster] I will buy with you, sell with you; . . . but I will not eat with you. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To be sold; as, corn sells at a good price. [1913 Webster] {To sell out}, to sell… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sell — [v1] exchange an object for money advertise, auction, bargain, barter, be in business*, boost, clinch the deal, close, close the deal, contract, deal in, dispose, drum, dump, exchange, handle, hawk, hustle, market, merchandise, move, peddle,… …   New thesaurus

  • Sell — can refer to: *A verb relating to sales *Sell (professional wrestling) *One of several people named Edward Sell *Mary Elizabeth Sell, New York City Ballet dancer …   Wikipedia

  • Sell — (s[e^]l), n. Self. [Obs. or Scot.] B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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