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
Synonyms for sell
Antonyms for sell
noun, adjective, pronoun Scot.
Related Words for sellhandle, auction, move, trade, close, advertise, hawk, peddle, market, barter, vend, persuade, pitch, dump, dispose, snow, boost, stock, exchange, spiel
Examples from the Web for sell
Contemporary Examples of sell
The Dallas Cowboys sell out their state-of-the art football stadium.Will Texas Stay Texan?
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As more people come online, the most basic tasks—such as going out to the market to sell produce—will become more efficient.Silicon Valley Sets Its Sights on Africa
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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
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Question 9: If the female captive was impregnated by her owner, can he then sell her?ISIS Jihadis Get ‘Slavery for Dummies’
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We sell about $5,000 of music per month through iTunes and Loudr.How Much Money Does a Band Really Make on Tour?
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Historical Examples of sell
I've turned peddler, and would like to sell you some blueberries.
And do women who sell themselves ever find any real pleasure in the bargain?The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Put a halter round her neck, and sell her for a pot of beer.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
It occurred to him that he could sell them at a market store in the village.
I'll give you two cents a pound for as many as you want to 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
- informalto disparage or belittle
- financeto sell securities or goods without owning them in anticipation of buying them before delivery at a lower price
Word Origin 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).
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