What does sell mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word sell.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sell(verb)

    the activity of persuading someone to buy

    "it was a hard sell"

  2. sell(verb)

    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"

  3. sell(verb)

    be sold at a certain price or in a certain way

    "These books sell like hot cakes"

  4. sell(verb)

    persuade somebody to accept something

    "The French try to sell us their image as great lovers"

  5. deal, sell, trade(verb)

    do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood

    "She deals in gold"; "The brothers sell shoes"

  6. sell(verb)

    give up for a price or reward

    "She sold her principles for a successful career"

  7. sell(verb)

    be approved of or gain acceptance

    "The new idea sold well in certain circles"

  8. sell(verb)

    be responsible for the sale of

    "All her publicity sold the products"

  9. betray, sell(verb)

    deliver to an enemy by treachery

    "Judas sold Jesus"; "The spy betrayed his country"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sell(noun)


  2. Sell(noun)

    a sill

  3. Sell(noun)

    a cell; a house

  4. Sell(noun)

    a saddle for a horse

  5. Sell(noun)

    a throne or lofty seat

  6. Sell(verb)

    to transfer to another for an equivalent; to give up for a valuable consideration; to dispose of in return for something, especially for money

  7. Sell(verb)

    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

  8. Sell(verb)

    to impose upon; to trick; to deceive; to make a fool of; to cheat

  9. Sell(verb)

    to practice selling commodities

  10. Sell(verb)

    to be sold; as, corn sells at a good price

  11. Sell(noun)

    an imposition; a cheat; a hoax

  12. 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

  1. Sell

    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.]

  2. Sell

    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.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sell' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1547

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sell' in Written Corpus Frequency: #706

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sell' in Verbs Frequency: #106


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sell in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sell in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. H.L. Mencken:

    In the United States, doing good has come to be, like patriotism, a favorite device of persons with something to sell.

  2. Beth Moore:

    I'm not saying we should sell everything that we have, but neither should we sell our souls to everything that we have.

  3. Jeffrey Gundlach:

    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.

  4. Faisal Hejji:

    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.

  5. Bill Harris:

    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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