the act of selling.
a quantity sold.
opportunity to sell; demand: slow sale.
a special disposal of goods, as at reduced prices.
transfer of property for money or credit.
an auction.
for sale, offered to be sold; made available to purchasers.
on sale, able to be bought at reduced prices.

before 1050; Middle English; late Old English sala; cognate with Old Norse, Old High German sala. Cf. sell1

intersale, noun
nonsale, noun
subsale, noun Unabridged
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sale (seɪl)
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.  a.  an event at which goods are sold at reduced prices, usually to clear old stocks
 b.  (as modifier): sale bargains
6.  an auction
[Old English sala, from Old Norse sala. See also sell]

Sale (seɪl)
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)
a port in NW Morocco, on the Atlantic adjoining Rabat. Pop: 880 000 (2003)

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Word Origin & History

late O.E. sala "a sale," from O.N. sala "sale," from P.Gmc. *salo (cf. O.H.G. sala, Swed. salu, Dan. salg), from root *sal-, source of *saljan (cf. O.E. sellan; see sell). Sense of "a selling of shop goods at lower prices than usual" first appeared 1866. Salesman is from 1523;
salesmanship first attested 1880.
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Idioms & Phrases


see close the sale; on sale; white sale.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
But the repayment of debt requires money made by the profitable production and
  sale of goods and services.
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.
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