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
Examples from the Web for sold
Contemporary Examples of 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
December 24, 2014
In the early 1900s, fashion forgers often sketched designs they saw in Paris shows and sold reproductions in France and overseas.The Big Business of Fashion Counterfeits
December 24, 2014
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
December 19, 2014
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
December 19, 2014
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
December 18, 2014
Historical Examples of sold
The prices of a few are inserted; sixteen blankets were sold.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
The firm who sold it to me agreed that it should have none of the faults of the old one.
The day she sold Sidney material for a simple white gown, she was very happy.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
He was not rude in words, but oh, so different from the oily people who sold me the things.The Bacillus of Beauty
She pretended to be a cleaner and mender of lace, but she sold a good many other things.The Dream
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