sell

Definitions

  • Man selling fish to lady
    Man selling fish to lady
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v sell persuade somebody to accept something "The French try to sell us their image as great lovers"
    • v sell give up for a price or reward "She sold her principles for a successful career"
    • v sell 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 sell do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood "She deals in gold","The brothers sell shoes"
    • v sell deliver to an enemy by treachery "Judas sold Jesus","The spy betrayed his country"
    • v sell be sold at a certain price or in a certain way "These books sell like hot cakes"
    • v sell be responsible for the sale of "All her publicity sold the products"
    • v sell be approved of or gain acceptance "The new idea sold well in certain circles"
    • n sell the activity of persuading someone to buy "it was a hard sell"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

JACK SELLS A COW FOR SOME BEANS JACK SELLS A COW FOR SOME BEANS
YOUNG LAMBS TO SELL YOUNG LAMBS TO SELL
368 Began to Sell Things To Dad 368 Began to Sell Things To Dad
"THIS I WOULD SELL TO THE SUFFERING POOR" "THIS I WOULD SELL TO THE SUFFERING POOR"
I see a baker's been fined ten pounds for selling bread less than twelve hours old I see a baker's been fined ten pounds for selling bread less than twelve hours old
man selling toy lambs man selling toy lambs
COUNTRY-WOMEN SELLING BERRIES ON THE ROAD TO STOREN COUNTRY-WOMEN SELLING BERRIES ON THE ROAD TO STOREN
A man, made poor by agricultural distress, selling something to a happy money lender in order to pay his rent A man, made poor by agricultural distress, selling something to a happy money lender in order to pay his rent

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The best selling Crayola crayon box is the set of 24 crayons
    • n Sell sĕl A cell; a house.
    • Sell A saddle for a horse. "He left his lofty steed with golden self ."
    • n Sell sĕl A sill.
    • Sell A throne or lofty seat.
    • n Sell An imposition; a cheat; a hoax. "To relieve the tedium, he kept plying them with all manner of bams ."
    • n Sell sĕl Self.
    • Sell To be sold; as, corn sells at a good price.
    • Sell To impose upon; to trick; to deceive; to make a fool of; to cheat.
    • Sell 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."
    • Sell To practice selling commodities. "I will buy with you, sell with you; . . . but I will not eat with you."
    • Sell 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. "If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor.""I am changed; I'll go sell all my land."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Chedder cheese is the best selling cheese in the USA
    • sell To give; furnish.
    • sell To give over; give up; deliver.
    • sell To give up or make over to another for a consideration' transfer ownership or exclusive right of possession in (something) to another for an equivalent; dispose of for something else, especially for money: the correlative of buy, and usually distinguished from barter, in which one commodity is given for another.
    • sell To make a matter of bargain and sale; accept a price or reward for, as for a breach of duty or trust; take a bridge for; betray.
    • sell To impose upon; cheat; deceive; disappoint.
    • sell To betray by secret bargains: as, the leaders sold out their candidate for governor.
    • sell To dispose of goods or property, usually for money.
    • sell To be in demand as an article of sale; find purchasers; be sold.
    • sell To dispose of all one's shares in a company, all of one's interest in a business, or all of one's stock as of a given commodity.
    • sell In stock-broking, to dispose in open exchange of shares contracted to be sold, but not paid for at the time specified for delivery, the original purchaser being required to make good the difference between the contract price and the price actually received.
    • n sell An imposition; a cheat; a deception; a trick played at another's expense.
    • n sell A seat, especially an elevated or dignified one; a place of honor and dignity.
    • n sell A saddle.
    • n sell [Some commentators on Shakspere think that the passage in Macbeth, i. 7. 27.
    • n sell sould read, “Valting ambition, which o'erleaps its sell.”]
    • n sell An obsolete variant of sill.
    • n sell A middle English form of cell.
    • n sell A Scotch form of self.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The best selling chocolate syrup in the world is Hershey
    • n Sell sel a seat, a throne:
    • v.t Sell sel to deliver in exchange for something paid as equivalent: to betray for money: to impose upon, cheat
    • v.i Sell to have commerce: to be sold, to be in demand for sale:—pa.t. and pa.p. sōld
    • n Sell a deception
    • n Sell sel (Spens.) a saddle: a saddler
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Quotations

  • J. Paul Getty
    J.%20Paul%20Getty
    “I buy when other people are selling.”
  • Epicharmus
    Epicharmus
    “The gods sell to us all the goods which they give us.”
  • Thomas Lovell Beddoes
    Thomas Lovell Beddoes
    “If there were dreams to sell, what would you buy?”
  • Abigail Van Buren
    Abigail Van Buren
    “If we could sell our experience for what they cost us, we'd all be millionaires.”
  • Vincent Voiture
    Vincent Voiture
    “Fortune is a great deceiver. She sells very dear the things she seems to give us.”
  • Doug Horton
    Doug%20Horton
    “To buy happiness is to sell soul.”

Idioms

Hard sell - If someone puts a lot of pressure on you to do or buy something, they are hard selling it.
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Sell down the river - If you sell someone down the river, you betray their trust.
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Sell like hot cakes - If a product is selling very well, it is selling like hot cakes.
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Sell like hotcakes - If something is selling like hotcakes, it is very popular and selling very well.
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Sell your birthright for a mess of pottage - If a person sells their birthright for a mess of pottage, they accept some trivial financial or other gain, but lose something much more important. 'Sell your soul for a mess of pottage' is an alternative form.
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Sell your soul - If someone sells their soul, their betray the most precious beliefs.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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. sälja, to sell, Dan. sælge, Goth. saljan, to offer a sacrifice; all from a noun akin to E. sale,. Cf. Sale
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. selle—L. sella, for sedula, dim. of sedes, a seat.

Usage

In literature:

A modern corporation has no soul, and the man who serves this master must sell both body and soul for the wages he receives.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
They're too poor to keep us; an' wull be sure to sell us somewhere, an' to somebody that ha'e got the tocher to gie for us.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
Then the English had forbidden the Indian to sell his land to any white man.
"Four American Indians" by Edson L. Whitney
I'd rather not sell anything than have to sell that way.
"Polly's Business Venture" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
You may let me take the watch and sell it for you again on the spot.
"The Humbugs of the World" by P. T. Barnum
Sell for 25 to 40 cents.
"One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed" by C. A. Bogardus
By short selling, we mean selling a stock that you do not possess, with the intention of buying it later.
"Successful Stock Speculation" by John James Butler
Why do they continue to grant and sell licenses, if it is wrong for me to sell rum?
"Select Temperance Tracts" by American Tract Society
Nothing like selling something that doesn't even exist!
"Paul and the Printing Press" by Sara Ware Bassett
He would apply in two or three more stores, and, if unsuccessful, he must sell papers or black boots.
"Ben, the Luggage Boy;" by Horatio Alger
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In poetry:

And if any man should ask me
If I would sell my vote,
I'd tell him I was not the one
To change and turn my coat;
"The Deliverance" by Frances Ellen Watkins
No man can buy or sell them,
No trader chase them more,
The land of freedom has been gained,
The good Canadian shore.
"Arrival In The Land Of Freedom" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Christ to the young man said: "Yet one thing more;
If thou wouldst perfect be,
Sell all thou hast and give it to the poor,
And come and follow me!"
"Hymn For My Brother's Ordination" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"Nowe sell me thy harpe," sayd the Kyng of Spayne,
"Thy harpe and stryngs eche one,
And as many gold nobles thou shalt have,
As there be stryngs thereon."
"King Estmere" by Anonymous British
Thou goest, like a Fool, to sell thy soul,
(Thy soul, for which thy Saviour deign'd to die!)
The grace of God, and all the joys above,
Only that thou may'st with a Strumpet lie.
"Advice And Warning To The Adulterer" by Rees Prichard
O! what is death to life? One dead could well
Afford to waste his shroud, if he might wake;
Thou canst afford to waste the world, and sell
Thy footing in it, for the new world's sake.
"Thou wert far off, and in the sight of heaven" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

BP Sells Its Carson Refinery And ARCO Retail Network To Tesoro.
Veteran acts as ambitious as Radiohead aren't often found selling out venues the size of a Jobing.com Arena.
Echo Park's Mohawk General Store sells arty essentials.
Point Grey home sells above asking price .
Guess the asking price , selling price, length of time on market.
Man Jailed After Dealer Mistakenly Sells Him Car for Thousands Less Than Asking Price .
Seth Horvitz, 38, was surprised when he got the military-grade rifle that sells for $2,000.
Ford wants to sell part of Wixom Assembly Plant to Menards.
We're back to the business of selling you, the avid reader and intrepid music listener, on the notion of getting out and experiencing live music with heartfelt passion and genuine gusto.
Adidas has canceled plans to sell a controversial sneaker.
A York man was selling heroin and supplying his son, who was also selling, police say.
Sellers must treat them much the same, even though industry sells fuel and we need government monopolies to sell most water.
No one could figure out how to sell it, because there weren't any stores selling high- design furniture to the elderly.
How To Dominate The Market Without Selling A Single Disk. Few know the ins and outs of being a key part of the storage industry without selling a single disk drive or array.
Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator selling West L.A. 0 The house Kevin Eastman is selling has an updated kitchen.
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In science:

Sell G., Global Attractors for the Three-Dimensional Navier-Stokes Equations, J.
Existence and homogenization of the Rayleigh-B\'enard problem
It means that the player fixed withdrawal price ea below which she or he gives the selling up.
Fixed point theorem for simple quantum strategies in quantum market games
Reversely, she decides to go short (sell a stock) if ωi (t) ≤ −ωi .
How to grow a bubble: A model of myopic adapting agents
When an agent decides to sell, she sells the same fixed fraction g of the value of her stocks.
How to grow a bubble: A model of myopic adapting agents
Seller logic accesses a list of items which the local device aims to sell.
Content Sharing for Mobile Devices
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