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sale

[seyl] /seɪl/
noun
1.
the act of selling.
2.
a quantity sold.
3.
opportunity to sell; demand:
slow sale.
4.
a special disposal of goods, as at reduced prices.
5.
transfer of property for money or credit.
6.
an auction.
Idioms
7.
for sale, offered to be sold; made available to purchasers.
8.
on sale, able to be bought at reduced prices.
Origin
late Old English
1050
before 1050; Middle English; late Old English sala; cognate with Old Norse, Old High German sala. Cf. sell1
Related forms
intersale, noun
nonsale, noun
subsale, noun
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  • But the repayment of debt requires money made by the profitable production and sale of goods and services.
  • She who always worried about money was excited by the sums she had heard some writers were getting from the sale of their papers.
  • Purebred pets often come with a hefty price tag, but the value skyrockets when the animal for sale is an endangered species.
  • The receiver refused, offering to postpone the sale instead, but the farmers insisted that they go ahead.
  • The inspector general's report reviewed university procedures since the sale.
  • Live music, refreshments and gumbo cook-off merchandise for sale.
  • Proceeds from each sale go directly to the artists as well as their home communities.
  • Although it may be late in the year for a new lawn mower, an end-of-season sale could be enticing.
  • These so-called cluster tomatoes are cultured in hothouses for sale during seasons when field-grown crops aren't available.
  • As a result, the sale was called off and the college closed.
British Dictionary definitions for sale

sale

/seɪl/
noun
1.
the exchange of goods, property, or services for an agreed sum of money or credit
2.
the amount sold
3.
the opportunity to sell; market: there was no sale for luxuries
4.
the rate of selling or being sold: a slow sale of synthetic fabrics
5.
  1. an event at which goods are sold at reduced prices, usually to clear old stocks
  2. (as modifier): sale bargains
6.
an auction
Word Origin
Old English sala, from Old Norse sala. See also sell

Sale

/seɪl/
noun
1.
a town in NW England, in Trafford unitary authority, Greater Manchester: a residential suburb of Manchester. Pop: 55 234 (2001)
2.
a city in SE Australia, in SE Victoria: centre of an agricultural region. Pop: 12 854 (2001)

Salé

/French sale/
noun
1.
a port in NW Morocco, on the Atlantic adjoining Rabat. Pop: 880 000 (2003)
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Word Origin and History for sale
n.

late Old English sala "a sale, act of selling," from a Scandinavian source such as Old Norse sala "sale," from Proto-Germanic *salo (cf. Old High German sala, Swedish salu, Danish salg), from PIE root *sal- (3) "to grasp, take." Sense of "a selling of shop goods at lower prices than usual" first appeared 1866. Sales tax attested by 1886. Sales associate by 1946. Sales representative is from 1910.

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