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1 [sel]
verb (used with object), sold, selling.
to transfer (goods) to or render (services) for another in exchange for money; dispose of to a purchaser for a price: He sold the car to me for $1000.
to deal in; keep or offer for sale: He sells insurance. This store sells my favorite brand.
to make a sale or offer for sale to: He'll sell me the car for $1000.
to persuade or induce (someone) to buy something: The salesman sold me on a more expensive model than I wanted.
to persuade or induce someone to buy (something): The clerk really sold the shoes to me by flattery.
to make sales of: The hot record sold a million copies this month.
to cause to be accepted, especially generally or widely: to sell an idea to the public.
to cause or persuade to accept; convince: to sell the voters on a candidate.
to accept a price for or make a profit of (something not a proper object for such action): to sell one's soul for political power.
to force or exact a price for: The defenders of the fort sold their lives dearly.
Informal. to cheat, betray, or hoax.
verb (used without object), sold, selling.
to engage in selling something.
to be on sale.
to offer something for sale: I like this house—will they sell?
to be employed to persuade or induce others to buy, as a salesperson or a clerk in a store: One sister is a cashier and the other sells.
to have a specific price; be offered for sale at the price indicated (followed by at or for ): Eggs used to sell at sixty cents a dozen. This shirt sells for thirty dollars.
to be in demand by buyers: On a rainy day, umbrellas really sell.
to win acceptance, approval, or adoption: Here's an idea that'll sell.
an act or method of selling.
Stock Exchange. a security to be sold.
Informal. a cheat; hoax.
Verb phrases
sell off, to sell, especially at reduced prices, in order to get rid of: The city is selling off a large number of small lots at public auction.
sell out,
to dispose of entirely by selling.
to betray (an associate, one's country, a cause, etc.); turn traitor: He committed suicide rather than sell out to the enemy.
sell up, British. to sell out: She was forced to sell up her entire stock of crystal.
sell short. short ( def 49 ).
sell someone a bill of goods. bill of goods ( def 3 ).

before 900; Middle English sellen (v.), Old English sellan orig., to give, hence, give up (someone) to an enemy, betray, exchange for money; cognate with Old Norse selja, Low German sellen, Gothic saljan to give up, sell, orig., to cause to take; akin to Greek heleîn to take

sellable, adjective

1. exchange, vend. See trade.

1. buy.
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sell (sɛl)
vb (foll by on) , sells, selling, sold
1.  to dispose of or transfer or be disposed of or transferred to a purchaser in exchange for money or other consideration; put or be on sale
2.  to deal in (objects, property, etc): he sells used cars for a living
3.  (tr) to give up or surrender for a price or reward: to sell one's honour
4.  to promote or facilitate the sale of (objects, property, etc): publicity sells many products
5.  to induce or gain acceptance of: to sell an idea
6.  (intr) to be in demand on the market: these dresses sell well in the spring
7.  informal (tr) to deceive or cheat
8.  to persuade to accept or approve (of): to sell a buyer on a purchase
9.  informal sell down the river to betray
10.  sell oneself
 a.  to convince someone else of one's potential or worth
 b.  to give up one's moral or spiritual standards, etc
11.  sell short
 a.  informal to disparage or belittle
 b.  finance to sell securities or goods without owning them in anticipation of buying them before delivery at a lower price
12.  hard sell Compare soft sell the act or an instance of selling
13.  informal
 a.  a trick, hoax, or deception
 b.  (Irish) a great disappointment: the service in the hotel was a sell
[Old English sellan to lend, deliver; related to Old Norse selja to sell, Gothic saljan to offer sacrifice, Old High German sellen to sell, Latin cōnsilium advice]

sold (səʊld)
1.  the past tense and past participle of sell
2.  slang sold on uncritically attached to or enthusiastic about

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Word Origin & History

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 first things a student of Old English has to
learn is that the word that looks like sell usually means "give." Meaning "to give up for money" had emerged by c.1000. An O.E. word for "to sell" was bebycgan, from bycgan "to buy." Slang meaning "to swindle" is from 1597. The noun phrase hard sell is recorded from 1952. To sell one's soul is from c.1570. Sell-by date is from 1972. To sell (someone) down the river is first recorded 1927, but probably from slavery days, on notion of sale from the Upper South to the cotton plantations of the Deep South (attested in this literal sense since 1851). To sell like hot cakes is from 1839.
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Example sentences
For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been
  given to the poor.
They sold for twenty-five cents each, without profit to either editor or
He frequently exhausted his treasury on the poor, and often gave the clothes
  off his back to be sold for their relief.
Or use self-adhesive letters sold in sheets by type and style in art stores.
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