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
Examples from the Web for sold
Not only has he not “done Santa in four years,” but he has sold his reindeer as well.Kerry Bentivolio: The Congressman Who Believes in Santa Claus|Ben Jacobs|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the early 1900s, fashion forgers often sketched designs they saw in Paris shows and sold reproductions in France and overseas.
Gift cards are sold at kiosks in shopping malls or even websites that catering to this exchange market.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks|M.L. Nestel|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To compare, Lana Del Rey sold over 100,000 copies that same week.The Biggest Bombs of 2014: ‘Sex Tape,’ Mariah Carey’s Vocals, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and More|Kevin Fallon|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On Thursday, Russian bloggers published pictures of empty shelves in stores that once sold electric goods.After His Disastrous Annual Press Conference, Putin Needs A Hug|Anna Nemtsova|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The other thing she had to say was this: she had that day met the travelling jeweller to whom she and I had sold my ring.Curious, if True|Elizabeth Gaskell
The first sold wonderfully, the event being recent, having made a great noise.Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin|Benjamin Franklin
Bought by the Squadron canteen in large barrels, it was sold at 2½ pt.
Mother-of-pearl used in the arts is sold by the ton, from $50 to $700 being average prices.
For such are imported, of course, and sold at auction as they arrive.About Orchids|Frederick Boyle
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
past tense and past participle of sell (v.); from Old English salde.
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