Sell - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |sel|  American pronunciation of the word sell
Brit.  |sel|  British pronunciation of the word sell
irregular verb:  p.t. — sold  p.p. — sold


- the activity of persuading someone to buy
it was a hard sell


- exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent
She sells her body to survive and support her drug habit
- be sold at a certain price or in a certain way
These books sell like hot cakes
- persuade somebody to accept something
The French try to sell us their image as great lovers
- do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood (syn: deal, trade)
The brothers sell shoes
- give up for a price or reward
- be approved of or gain acceptance
- be responsible for the sale of
- deliver to an enemy by treachery (syn: betray)

Extra examples

He buys and remodels houses and then sells them at a profit.

Stock prices are increasing, so now is a good time to sell.

Only a few stores sell that type of equipment.

I don't want to sell the house at a loss.

They sold their lives dearly.

Condoms sell good nowadays.

The officer was charged with selling out to the enemy.

They are trying to sell a program to the Congress.

Don't sell me that love shit.

She sold me again.

Their program to raise taxes will be a difficult sell.

If you offer him another hundred, I think he'll sell.

He regrets selling all his old records.

Toni's selling her car for £700.

I won't sell you my shares!

Phrasal verbs

sell off  — get rid of by selling, usually at reduced prices
sell out  — sell or get rid of all one's merchandise
sell up  — sell or get rid of all one's merchandise

Word forms

I/you/we/they: sell
he/she/it: sells
present participle: selling
past tense: sold
past participle: sold
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