verb (used with object), sold, selling.
to transfer (goods) to or render (services) for another in exchange for money; dispose of to a purchaser for a price:
He sold the car to me for $1000.
to deal in; keep or offer for sale:
He sells insurance. This store sells my favorite brand.
to make a sale or offer for sale to:
He’ll sell me the car for $1000.
to persuade or induce (someone) to buy something:
The salesman sold me on a more expensive model than I wanted.
to persuade or induce someone to buy (something):
The clerk really sold the shoes to me by flattery.
to make sales of:
The hot record sold a million copies this month.
to cause to be accepted, especially generally or widely:
to sell an idea to the public.
to cause or persuade to accept; convince:
to sell the voters on a candidate.
to accept a price for or make a profit of (something not a proper object for such action):
to sell one’s soul for political power.
to force or exact a price for:
The defenders of the fort sold their lives dearly.
Informal. to cheat, betray, or hoax.
verb (used without object), sold, selling.
to engage in selling something.
to be on sale.
to offer something for sale:
I like this house—will they sell?
to be employed to persuade or induce others to buy, as a salesperson or a clerk in a store:
One sister is a cashier and the other sells.
to have a specific price; be offered for sale at the price indicated (followed by at or for):
Eggs used to sell at sixty cents a dozen. This shirt sells for thirty dollars.
to be in demand by buyers:
On a rainy day, umbrellas really sell.
to win acceptance, approval, or adoption:
Here’s an idea that’ll sell.
an act or method of selling.
Stock Exchange. a security to be sold.
Informal. a cheat; hoax.
sell off, to sell, especially at reduced prices, in order to get rid of:
The city is selling off a large number of small lots at public auction.
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.
sell up, British. to sell out:
She was forced to sell up her entire stock of crystal.
sell short. short (def 49).
sell someone a bill of goods. bill of goods (def 3).
verb sells, selling, sold
to dispose of or transfer or be disposed of or transferred to a purchaser in exchange for money or other consideration; put or be on sale
to deal in (objects, property, etc): he sells used cars for a living
(transitive) to give up or surrender for a price or reward: to sell one’s honour
to promote or facilitate the sale of (objects, property, etc): publicity sells many products
to induce or gain acceptance of: to sell an idea
(intransitive) to be in demand on the market: these dresses sell well in the spring
(transitive) (informal) to deceive or cheat
(transitive) foll by on. to persuade to accept or approve (of): to sell a buyer on a purchase
(informal) sell down the river, to betray
to convince someone else of one’s potential or worth
to give up one’s moral or spiritual standards, etc
(informal) to disparage or belittle
(finance) to sell securities or goods without owning them in anticipation of buying them before delivery at a lower price
the act or an instance of selling Compare hard sell, soft sell
a trick, hoax, or deception
(Irish) a great disappointment: the service in the hotel was a sell
- Sell someone down the river
sell someone down the river
- Sell someone on
Convince or persuade someone of the worth or desirability of something, as in They were hoping to sell enough legislators on their bill so that it would pass easily, or Dave was really sold on that new car. [ ; early 1900s ]
noun 1. the ratio of the quantity of goods sold by a retailer to the quantity originally delivered to it wholesale 2. the sale of prerecorded video cassettes or DVDs, as opposed to their being available for hire only adjective 3. (of prerecorded video cassettes or DVDs) sold in this way noun the percentage of […]
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