Definitions for sellsɛl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sellsɛl(v.; n.)sold, sell•ing

  1. (v.t.)to transfer (goods or property) or render (services) in exchange for money.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  2. to deal in; keep or offer for sale:

    to sell insurance.

  3. to make a sale or offer for sale to.

  4. to persuade or induce to buy.

  5. to promote or effect the sale of:

    Packaging sells many products.

  6. to achieve sales of:

    The record sold a million copies.

  7. to cause to be accepted, esp. generally or widely:

    to sell an idea to the public.

  8. to cause or persuade to accept, approve of, or see the value of:

    to sell the voters on a candidate; to sell oneself at a job interview.

  9. to surrender or deliver improperly or dishonorably in return for profit or advantage:

    to sell one's soul for power; to sell votes.

  10. to betray.

  11. to force or exact a price for:

    They sold their lives dearly.

  12. to cheat or hoax.

    Category: Informal

  13. (v.i.)to make a sale of something; transfer goods or property in exchange for money.

  14. to offer something for sale.

  15. to be offered for sale at the price indicated (fol. by at or for).

  16. to engage or be employed in selling something.

  17. to promote sales.

  18. to be in demand by buyers:

    On a rainy day, umbrellas really sell.

  19. to win acceptance, approval, or adoption:

    an idea that will sell.

  20. sell off, to rid oneself of by selling, esp. at reduced prices:

    to sell off last year's designs.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  21. sell out, to dispose of entirely by selling. to betray (an associate, principles, a cause, etc.). to betray one's principles.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  22. (n.)an act or method of selling.

  23. Informal. a cheat; hoax.

    Category: Informal

Origin of sell:

bef. 900; ME (v.), OE sellan orig., to give, hence, give up (someone) to an enemy, betray, exchange for money, c. OFris sella, OS sellian, OHG sellen, ON selja to hand over, deliver, Go saljan to sacrifice


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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. sell(verb)ɛl

    to give sth in return for a payment

    He sells second-hand books.; I sold my motorcycle to a friend.; Do you think he'd sell me his ticket?; a company that sells kitchen goods

  2. sellɛl

    (of a product) to be bought by people

    The new model is selling well.

  3. sellɛl

    to persuade sb that sth is a good idea

    It's a plan that's so good it'll sell itself.

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

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

Anagrams of sell

  1. Ells

Translations for sell

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to give something in exchange for money

He sold her a car; I've got some books to sell.

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