Definition of Sell

1. Verb. Exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent. "They sell the people the food"; "She sells her body to survive and support her drug habit"

2. Noun. The activity of persuading someone to buy. "It was a hard sell"
Generic synonyms: Sale

3. Verb. Be sold at a certain price or in a certain way. "These cars won't sell "; "These books sell like hot cakes"
Related verbs: Deal, Trade
Generic synonyms: Be
Specialized synonyms: Retail, Trade
Derivative terms: Selling

4. Verb. Persuade somebody to accept something. "They won't sell the story "; "The French try to sell us their image as great lovers"
Generic synonyms: Persuade

5. Verb. Do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood. "The brothers sell shoes"
Exact synonyms: Deal, Trade
Category relationships: Commerce, Commercialism, Mercantilism
Specialized synonyms: Push, Deal, Black Marketeer, Pyramid, Market, Hawk, Huckster, Monger, Peddle, Pitch, Vend
Generic synonyms: Transact
Related verbs: Deal
Derivative terms: Deal, Dealer, Dealer, Dealer, Dealing, Dealings, Seller, Selling, Trade, Trade, Trading
Also: Deal Out, Trade

6. Verb. Give up for a price or reward. "She sold her principles for a successful career"
Generic synonyms: Cede, Deliver, Give Up, Surrender
Related verbs: Betray

7. Verb. Be approved of or gain acceptance. "The new idea sold well in certain circles"
Generic synonyms: Be

8. Verb. Be responsible for the sale of. "All her publicity sold the products"
Generic synonyms: Be

9. Verb. Deliver to an enemy by treachery. "Sam cannot sell Sue "; "The spy betrayed his country"
Exact synonyms: Betray
Specialized synonyms: Double Cross
Generic synonyms: Cozen, Deceive, Delude, Lead On
Derivative terms: Betrayal, Betrayer

Definition of Sell

1. n. Self.

2. n. A sill.

3. n. A cell; a house.

4. n. A saddle for a horse.

5. v. t. To transfer to another for an equivalent; to give up for a valuable consideration; to dispose of in return for something, especially for money.

6. v. i. To practice selling commodities.

7. n. An imposition; a cheat; a hoax.

Definition of Sell

1. Verb. (transitive intransitive) To agree to transfer goods or provide services in exchange for money. ¹

2. Verb. (ergative) To be sold. ¹

3. Verb. To promote a particular viewpoint. ¹

4. Verb. To trick, cheat, or manipulate someone. ¹

5. Verb. (context: professional wrestling slang) To pretend that an opponent's blows or maneuvers are causing legitimate injury; to act. ¹

6. Noun. An act of selling. ¹

7. Noun. An easy task. ¹

8. Noun. (obsolete) A seat or stool. ¹

9. Noun. (archaic) A saddle. ¹

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Definition of Sell

1. to give up to another for money or other valuable consideration [v SOLD, SELLING, SELLS] : SELLABLE [adj]

Medical Definition of Sell

1. 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) 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. 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. Origin: 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. Salja to sell, Dan. Slge, Goth. Saljan to offer a sacrifice; all from a noun akin to E. Sale. Cf. Sale. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Sell

sell (current term)
sell-by date
sell a bargain
sell down
sell down the river
sell ice to Eskimos
sell like hot cakes
sell my clothes, I'm going to heaven
sell off
sell on
sell one's birthright for a mess of pottage
sell one's soul

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