SELL, for self; and sells for selves. [Scot.] SELL, n. [L. sella.] A saddle, and a throne. Obs. SELL, v. t. pret. and pp. sold. [ 1. To transfer property or the exclusive right of possession to another for an equivalent in money. It is correlative to buy, as one party buys what the other sells. It is distinguished from exchange or barter, in which one commodity is given for another; wheras in selling the consideration is money, or its representative in current notes. To this distinction there may be certain exceptions. "Esau sold his birthright to Jacob for a mess of pottage." But this is unusual. "Let us sell Joseph to the Ishmaelites- And they sold him for twenty pieces of silver." Genesis 37. Among the Hebrews, parents had power to sell their children. 2. To betray; to deliver or surrender for money or reward; as, to sell one's country. 3. To yield or give for a certain consideration. the troops fought like lions, and sold their lives dearly. that is, they yielded their lives, but first destroyed many, which made it a dear purchase for their enemies. 4. In Scripture, to give up to be harassed and made slaves. He sold them into the hands of their enemies. Judges 2. 5. To part with; to renounce or forsake. Buy the truth and sell it not. Proverbs 23. To sell one's self to do evil, to give up one's self to be the slave of sin, and to work wickedness without restraint. SELL, v. i. 1. To have commerce; to practice selling. 2. To be sold. Corn sells at a good price.
n 1: the activity of persuading someone to buy; "it was a hard sell" v 1: exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent; "He sold his house in January"; "She sells her body to survive and support her drug habit" [ant: buy, purchase] 2: be sold at a certain price or in a certain way; "These books sell like hot cakes" 3: persuade somebody to accept something; "The French try to sell us their image as great lovers" 4: do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood; "She deals in gold"; "The brothers sell shoes" [syn: deal, sell, trade] 5: give up for a price or reward; "She sold her principles for a successful career" 6: be approved of or gain acceptance; "The new idea sold well in certain circles" 7: be responsible for the sale of; "All her publicity sold the products" 8: deliver to an enemy by treachery; "Judas sold Jesus"; "The spy betrayed his country" [syn: betray, sell]
I. verb (sold; selling) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English sellan; akin to Old High German sellen to sell, Greek helein to take Date: before 12th century transitive verb1. to deliver or give up in violation of duty, trust, or loyalty and especially for personal gain ;betray — often used with out<sell out their country> 2.a.(1) to give up (property) to another for something of value (as money) (2) to offer for sale b. to give up in return for something else especially foolishly or dishonorably <sold his birthright for a mess of pottage> c. to exact a price for <sold their lives dearly> 3.a. to deliver into slavery for money b. to give into the power of another <sold his soul to the devil> c. to deliver the personal services of for money 4. to dispose of or manage for profit instead of in accordance with conscience, justice, or duty <sold their votes> 5.a. to develop a belief in the truth, value, or desirability of ; gain acceptance for <trying to sell a program to the Congress> b. to persuade or influence to a course of action or to the acceptance of something <sell children on reading> 6. to impose on ;cheat7.a. to cause or promote the sale of <using television advertising to sell cereal> b. to make or attempt to make sales to c. to influence or induce to make a purchase 8. to achieve a sale of <sold a million copies> intransitive verb1. to dispose of something by sale <thinks now is a good time to sell> 2. to achieve a sale; also to achieve satisfactory sales <hoped that the new line would sell> 3. to have a specified price • sellableadjectiveII. nounDate: 1838 1. a deliberate deception ;hoax2. the act or an instance of selling 3. something to be sold or caused to be accepted <the new mystery novel was an easy sell>; also someone to whom something is sold <the new purchasing agent was a tough sell> III. nounorselleEtymology: Middle English selle, from Anglo-French sele, from Latin sella — more at settleDate: 15th century archaicsaddleIV. chiefly Scottish variant ofself
v. & n. --v. (past and past part. sold) 1 tr. make over or dispose of in exchange for money. 2 tr. keep a stock of for sale or be a dealer in (do you sell candles?). 3 intr. (of goods) be purchased (will never sell; these are selling well). 4 intr. (foll. by at, for) have a specified price (sells at £5). 5 tr. betray for money or other reward (sell one's country). 6 tr. offer dishonourably for money or other consideration; make a matter of corrupt bargaining (sell justice; sell oneself; sell one's honour). 7 tr. a advertise or publish the merits of. b give (a person) information on the value of something, inspire with a desire to buy or acquire or agree to something. 8 tr. cause to be sold (the author's name alone will sell many copies). 9 tr. sl. disappoint by not keeping an engagement etc., by failing in some way, or by trickery (sold again!). --n. colloq. 1 a manner of selling (soft sell). 2 a deception or disappointment. Phrases and idioms: sell-by date the latest recommended date of sale marked on the packaging of esp. perishable food. sell down the river see RIVER. sell the (or a) dummy see DUMMY. selling-point an advantageous feature. selling-race a horse-race after which the winning horse must be auctioned. sell one's life dear (or dearly) do great injury before being killed. sell off sell the remainder of (goods) at reduced prices. sell out 1 a sell all one's stock-in-trade, one's shares in a company, etc. b sell (all or some of one's stock, shares, etc.). 2 a betray. b be treacherous or disloyal. sell-out n. 1 a commercial success, esp. the selling of all tickets for a show. 2 a betrayal. sell the pass see PASS(2). sell a pup see PUP. sell short disparage, underestimate. sell up Brit. 1 sell one's business, house, etc. 2 sell the goods of (a debtor). sold on colloq. enthusiastic about. Derivatives: sellable adj. Etymology: OE sellan f. Gmc
Sell Sell, v. i. 1. To practice selling commodities. I will buy with you, sell with you; . . . but I will not eat with you. --Shak. 2. To be sold; as, corn sells at a good price. To sell out, to sell one's whole stockk in trade or one's entire interest in a property or a business.
Sell Sell, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sold; p. pr. & vb. n. Selling.] [OE. sellen, sillen, AS. sellan, syllan, to give, to deliver; akin to OS. sellian, OFries. sella, OHG. sellen, Icel. selja to hand over, to sell, Sw. s["a]lja to sell, Dan. s?lge, Goth. saljan to offer a sacrifice; all from a noun akin to E. sale. Cf. Sale.] 1. To transfer to another for an equivalent; to give up for a valuable consideration; to dispose of in return for something, especially for money. If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor. --Matt. xix. 21. I am changed; I'll go sell all my land. --Shak. Note: Sell is corellative to buy, as one party buys what the other sells. It is distinguished usually from exchange or barter, in which one commodity is given for another; whereas in selling the consideration is usually money, or its representative in current notes. 2. To make a matter of bargain and sale of; to accept a price or reward for, as for a breach of duty, trust, or the like; to betray. You would have sold your king to slaughter. --Shak. 3. To impose upon; to trick; to deceive; to make a fool of; to cheat. [Slang] --Dickens. To sell one's life dearly, to cause much loss to those who take one's life, as by killing a number of one's assailants. To sell (anything) out, to dispose of it wholly or entirely; as, he had sold out his corn, or his interest in a business.
(sells, selling, sold)Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English. 1. If you sell something that you own, you let someone have it in return for money. I sold everything I owned except for my car and my books...His heir sold the painting to the London art dealer Agnews...The directors sold the business for £14.8 million...It's not a very good time to sell at the moment.VERB: V n, V n to n, V n for n, V 2. If a shop sells a particular thing, it is available for people to buy there. It sells everything from hair ribbons to oriental rugs...Bean sprouts are also sold in cans.VERB: V n, V n 3. If something sellsfor a particular price, that price is paid for it. Unmodernised property can sell for up to 40 per cent of its modernised market value.VERB: V for/at n 4. If something sells, it is bought by the public, usually in fairly large quantities. Even if this album doesn't sell and the critics don't like it, we wouldn't ever change...The company believes the products will sell well in the run-up to Christmas.VERB: V, V adv 5. Something that sells a product makes people want to buy the product. It is only the sensational that sells news magazines....car manufacturers' long-held maxim that safety doesn't sell.VERB: V n, V 6. If you sell someone an idea or proposal, or sell someone on an idea, you convince them that it is a good one. She tried to sell me the idea of buying my own paper shredder...She is hoping she can sell the idea to clients...An employee sold him on the notion that cable was the medium of the future...You know, I wasn't sold on this trip in the beginning.VERB: V n n, V n to n, V n on n, V-ed 7. If someone sells their body, they have sex for money. 85 per cent said they would rather not sell their bodies for a living.PHRASE: V and N inflect 8. If someone sells you down the river, they betray you for some personal profit or advantage. He has been sold down the river by the people who were supposed to protect him.PHRASE: V inflects 9. If you sell someone short, you do not point out their good qualities as much as you should or do as much for them as you should. They need to improve their image–they are selling themselves short...PHRASE: V inflects 10. If you talk about someone selling their soul in order to get something, you are criticizing them for abandoning their principles. ...a man who would sell his soul for political viability.PHRASE: V and N inflect [disapproval]