To sell


To sell
Sell Sell (s[e^]l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sold} (s[=o]ld); 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[ae]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. It is the correlative of buy. [1913 Webster]

If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor. --Matt. xix. 21. [1913 Webster]

I am changed; I'll go sell all my land. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

You would have sold your king to slaughter. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To impose upon; to trick; to deceive; to make a fool of; to cheat. [Slang] --Dickens. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


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  • sell — W1S1 [sel] v past tense and past participle sold [səuld US sould] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(give something for money)¦ 2¦(make something available)¦ 3¦(make somebody want something)¦ 4¦(be bought)¦ 5 sell like hot cakes 6¦(idea/plan)¦ 7 sell yourself 8 sell… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Sell GmbH — Rechtsform GmbH Gründung 1954 Sitz Herborn …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Sell — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Brian Sell (* 1978), US amerikanischer Leichtathlet Christian Sell (1831–1883), deutscher Maler Colin Sell (* 1948), britischer Pianist Eric Sell (* 1983), namibischer Musiker Friedrich L. Sell (* 1954),… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • sell — [sel] vt. sold, selling [ME sellen < OE sellan, to give, offer, akin to Goth saljan, to offer (sacrifice): caus. formation in sense “to cause to take” < IE base * sel , to take, grasp > SALE, Gr helein, to take] 1. to give up, deliver,… …   English World dictionary

  • sell on — To sell (what one has bought) to someone else • • • Main Entry: ↑sell * * * ˌsell ˈon [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they sell on he/she/it sells o …   Useful english dictionary

  • sell — ► VERB (past and past part. sold) 1) hand over in exchange for money. 2) deal in (goods or property). 3) (of goods) attain sales. 4) (sell out) sell all of one s stock of something. 5) (sell up) sell all of one s proper …   English terms dictionary

  • sell — vb sold, sell·ing vt 1: to transfer ownership of by sale compare barter, convey, give 2: to offer for sale …   Law dictionary

  • sell — O.E. sellan to give, from P.Gmc. *saljanan (Cf. O.N. selja to hand over, deliver, sell; O.Fris. sella, O.H.G. sellen to give, hand over, sell; Goth. saljan to offer a sacrifice ), perhaps a causative form of the root of O.E. sala sale. One of the …   Etymology dictionary

  • Sell — (s[e^]l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sold} (s[=o]ld); 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sell-off — ˈsell off noun [countable] FINANCE 1. a situation in which many investors sell their bonds, shares etc, often very quickly: • In an otherwise calm market, there were steep sell offs in shares. 2. when a business, company etc is sold to another… …   Financial and business terms

  • sell-out — ˈsell out noun [singular] MARKETING if a product, share offer, event etc is a sell out, it is very successful and lots of people buy it or go there, and no more products, shares, tickets etc are available: • The $200 million five year bonds were… …   Financial and business terms


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