verb (used with object), sold, sell·ing.
verb (used without object), sold, sell·ing.
- to dispose of entirely by selling: They sold out of Johnny's brownies before the bake sale was half over.
- to betray (an associate, one's country, one’s principles, a cause, etc.): He would never sell out to the enemy.
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Idioms for sell
Origin of sell1
synonym study for sell
OTHER WORDS FROM sellsell·a·ble, adjective
Words nearby sell
Definition for sell (2 of 2)
noun, adjective, pronoun Scot.
Example sentences from the Web for sell
It can be a hard sell for a business owner to decide on taking risks, doing something uncomfortable, or venturing away from what they’ve been doing for decades.How businesses of all sizes can embrace social media|Sponsored Content: Exults|April 22, 2021|Search Engine Land
At the time, NFT art was just heating up in some circles, but it was difficult for newbies to buy, sell and trade pieces.NFTs Are Shaking Up the Art World—But They Could Change So Much More|Andrew R. Chow|March 22, 2021|Time
We need to bring a bit of the art back, but it’s a hard sell.Media Buying Briefing: ‘It’s hard to get off the crack of Facebook and Google’|Michael Bürgi|March 15, 2021|Digiday
They’re trying to cater to both the buy and sell sides of the programmatic market just like the ad networks that drove ad tech’s early successes.‘Nothing makes sense anymore’: What’s driving ad tech’s latest consolidation wave|Seb Joseph|February 23, 2021|Digiday
As tough as planned burns are for many to swallow, letting wildfires burn through towns—even evacuated ones—is an even tougher sell.What the complex math of fire modeling tells us about the future of California’s forests|Amy Nordrum|January 18, 2021|MIT Technology Review
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
As for the political class, I doubt I need to give you a very hard sell on its failure.The U.S. Will Torture Again—and We’re All to Blame|Michael Tomasky|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Question 9: If the female captive was impregnated by her owner, can he then sell her?
He couldn't sell them; he couldn't burn them; he was even compelled to insure them, to his intense disgust.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
Those four pictures—I would not sell those four Watteaus for one hundred thousand francs.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
He thought these things over carefully and finally decided that he would sell them himself.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
For an Indian to sell a horse and wagon in the San Jacinto valley was not an easy thing, unless he would give them away.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
For us to take her place it became necessary for us to loan before we could sell and buy.Readings in Money and Banking|Chester Arthur Phillips
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
Derived forms of sellsellable, adjective
Word Origin for sell
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