the activity of persuading someone to buy
"it was a hard sell"
exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent
"He sold his house in January"; "She sells her body to survive and support her drug habit"
be sold at a certain price or in a certain way
"These books sell like hot cakes"
persuade somebody to accept something
"The French try to sell us their image as great lovers"
deal, sell, trade(verb)
do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood
"She deals in gold"; "The brothers sell shoes"
give up for a price or reward
"She sold her principles for a successful career"
be approved of or gain acceptance
"The new idea sold well in certain circles"
be responsible for the sale of
"All her publicity sold the products"
deliver to an enemy by treachery
"Judas sold Jesus"; "The spy betrayed his country"
a cell; a house
a saddle for a horse
a throne or lofty seat
to transfer to another for an equivalent; to give up for a valuable consideration; to dispose of in return for something, especially for money
to make a matter of bargain and sale of; to accept a price or reward for, as for a breach of duty, trust, or the like; to betray
to impose upon; to trick; to deceive; to make a fool of; to cheat
to practice selling commodities
to be sold; as, corn sells at a good price
an imposition; a cheat; a hoax
Origin: [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. slja to sell, Dan. slge, Goth. saljan to offer a sacrifice; all from a noun akin to E. sale. Cf. Sale.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
sel, n. a seat, a throne: (Spens.) a saddle: a saddler.—adj. Sell′iform, saddle-shaped. [O. Fr. selle—L. sella, for sedula, dim. of sedes, a seat.]
sel, v.t. to deliver in exchange for something paid as equivalent: to betray for money: to impose upon, cheat.—v.i. to have commerce: to be sold, to be in demand for sale:—pa.t. and pa.p. sōld.—n. a deception.—adj. Sell′able, that can be sold.—n. Sell′er, a furnisher: a vender: a small vessel for holding salt.—Sell one's life dearly, to do great injury to the enemy before one is killed; Sell one up, to sell a debtor's goods; Sell out, to dispose entirely of: to sell one's commission. [A.S. sellan, to hand over; cf. Ice. selja, Goth. saljan.]
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'sell' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1547
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'sell' in Written Corpus Frequency: #706
Rank popularity for the word 'sell' in Verbs Frequency: #106
The numerical value of sell in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of sell in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Don't try to buy at the bottom and sell at the top. It can't be done except by liars.
In the United States, doing good has come to be, like patriotism, a favorite device of persons with something to sell.
The artist Christopher Wool has a word painting, 'Sell the house, sell the car, sell the kids.' That’s exactly how I feel – sell everything. Nothing here looks good.
I go to the Hoboob agency in Hasaka or Qamishli to sell my wheat and I store small quantities for me and my family. Some farmers sell their wheat to middlemen but these traders also sell them ultimately to Hoboob.
It's a sell on a global basis. If you're a money manager in New York or London, right now you're saying 'Sell Canada', 'Just sell it. And we'll wake up and pick up the pieces later when we can see what's shaken out.'.
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Translations for sell
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- باع, يبيعArabic
- прада́ць, прадава́цьBelarusian
- прода́м, прода́вамBulgarian
- vendreCatalan, Valencian
- prodat se, prodat, prodávat se, prodávatCzech
- vender, fingir, buscar, salir, actuar, intentar, venderseSpanish
- käydä kaupaksi, näytellä, harhauttaa, huiputtaa, myydäFinnish
- बिकना, बेचनाHindi
- elad, árul, adHungarian
- menjual, jualIndonesian
- сатпақ болу, сатуKazakh
- 장사하다, 판매하다, 팔다Korean
- сатып берүү, сатууKyrgyz
- bli solgt, selge, få solgtNorwegian
- vendre, vénderOccitan
- sprzedać, sprzedawaćPolish
- продава́ть, прода́ть, продава́ться, прода́тьсяRussian
- bèndiri, bèndhere, vèndhere, bènnere, bendiSardinian
- prodati, продати, prodavati, продаватиSerbo-Croatian
- විකුණනවාSinhala, Sinhalese
- predať, predávaťSlovak
- nasa, sälja, förråda, realisera, erbjuda, idka handel, tillhandahålla, utbjuda, krängaSwedish
- продава́ти, прода́тиUkrainian
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