verb (used with object), sold, sell·ing.
verb (used without object), sold, sell·ing.
- 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.
Origin of sell1
Definition for sell (2 of 2)
noun, adjective, pronoun Scot.
Examples from the Web for sell
The Dallas Cowboys sell out their state-of-the art football stadium.
As more people come online, the most basic tasks—such as going out to the market to sell produce—will become more efficient.
Along the Prado they used to sell slaves on the auction block, too.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind|Brin-Jonathan Butler|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Question 9: If the female captive was impregnated by her owner, can he then sell her?
We sell about $5,000 of music per month through iTunes and Loudr.
When I sell a ticket to Shoshone, I'm the ticket agent, and nothing else.Good Indian|B. M. Bower
The chiefs fought fiercely, like men who know that their fate is sealed, and are determined to sell their lives dearly.Mark Seaworth|William H.G. Kingston
If you think it necessary, let me know when you sell; but, however, do as you please.
They could hardly get their lumber out, and there are very few people to sell it to if they put up a mill.A Damaged Reputation|Harold Bindloss
He did this because he wanted to sell some property that he could not sell if Jemmy were alive.Stories of American Life and Adventure|Edward Eggleston
British Dictionary definitions for sell
verb sells, selling or sold
- to convince someone else of one's potential or worth
- to give up one's moral or spiritual standards, etc
- informal to disparage or belittle
- finance to sell securities or goods without owning them in anticipation of buying them before delivery at a lower price
Word Origin for sell
Word Origin and History for sell
Old English sellan "to give, furnish, supply, lend; surrender, give up; deliver to; promise," from Proto-Germanic *saljan "offer up, deliver" (cf. Old Norse selja "to hand over, deliver, sell;" Old Frisian sella, Old High German sellen "to give, hand over, sell;" Gothic saljan "to offer a sacrifice"), ultimately from PIE root *sel- (3) "to take, grasp."
Meaning "to give up for money" had emerged by c.1000, but in Chaucer selle still can mean "to give." Students of Old English learn early that the word that looks like sell usually means "give." An Old English word for "to sell" was bebycgan, from bycgan "to buy."
Slang meaning "to swindle" is from 1590s. 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 like hot cakes is from 1839. Selling-point attested from 1959.
To sell (someone) down the river is first recorded 1927, but probably from or with recollection of 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).
Idioms and Phrases with sell
In addition to the idioms beginning with sell
- sell a bill of goods
- sell down the river
- sell like hot cakes
- sell off
- sell oneself
- sell out
- sell short
- sell someone on
- hard sell
- like hot cakes, sell