Definitions for: Sell


[n] the activity of persuading someone to buy; "it was a hard sell"
[v] persuade somebody to accept something; "The French try to sell us their image as great lovers"
[v] give up for a price or reward; "She sold her principles for a successful career"
[v] 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"
[v] do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood; "She deals in gold"; "The brothers sell shoes"
[v] deliver to an enemy by treachery; "Judas sold Jesus"; "The spy betrayed his country"
[v] be sold at a certain price or in a certain way; "These books sell like hot cakes"
[v] be responsible for the sale of; "All her publicity sold the products"
[v] be approved of or gain acceptance; "The new idea sold well in certain circles"



Webster (1913) Definition: Sell, n.
Self. [Obs. or Scot.] --B. Jonson.


Sell, n.
A sill. [Obs.] --Chaucer.


Sell, n.
A cell; a house. [Obs.] --Chaucer.


Sell, n. [F. selle, L. sella, akin to sedere to sit. See
Sit.]
1. A saddle for a horse. [Obs.]

He left his lofty steed with golden self. --Spenser.

2. A throne or lofty seat. [Obs.] --Fairfax.


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.


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, n.
An imposition; a cheat; a hoax. [Colloq.]

Synonyms: betray, deal, trade

Antonyms: buy, purchase

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