Etymology: Middle English, from Old English sellan; akin to Old High German sellen to sell, Greek helein to take
Date: before 12th century
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
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.