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v. sold (sōld), sell·ing, sells
1. To exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent: We sold our old car for a modest sum.
2. To offer or have available for sale: The store sells health foods.
3. To give up or surrender in exchange for a price or reward: sell one's soul to the devil.
4. To be purchased in (a certain quantity); achieve sales of: a book that sold a million copies.
a. To bring about or encourage sales of; promote: Good publicity sold the product.
b. To cause to be accepted; advocate successfully: We sold the proposal to the school committee.
6. To persuade (another) to recognize the worth or desirability of something: They sold me on the idea.
1. To exchange ownership for money or its equivalent; engage in selling: Are any of the fruit vendors still selling?
2. To be sold or be on sale: Grapes are selling high this season.
3. To attract prospective buyers; be popular on the market: an item that doesn't sell.
4. To be approved of; gain acceptance: an idea that just wouldn't sell.
1. An act or instance of selling: ordered a sell of his shares in the company.
2. Something that sells or gains acceptance in a particular way: Their program to raise taxes will be a difficult sell.
3. Slang A deception; a hoax.
To get rid of by selling, often at reduced prices.
1. To sell all of a supply of something: We have sold out of that model.
2. To cause (someone) to have sold an entire supply of something: The bakery is sold out of those pastries.
3. To be entirely sold: Her new novel has sold out.
4. Slang To betray one's principles or colleagues: He sold out to the other side.
To be purchased as a retail item by a customer: The clothes are in the store, but they aren't selling through.
sell a bill of goods Informal
To take unfair advantage of.
sell down the river Informal
To betray the trust or faith of.
1. To contract for the sale of securities or commodities one expects to own at a later date and at more advantageous terms.
2. To underestimate the true value or worth of: Don't sell your colleague short; she's a smart lawyer.
[Middle English sellen, from Old English sellan, to give, sell.]
a. the act of offering something for sale
b. (as modifier): a selling price.
2. (as modifier): a selling price.
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bait and switch - a deceptive way of selling that involves advertising a product at a very low price in order to attract customers who are then persuaded to switch to a more expensive product
private treaty - a sale of property at a price agreed on by the seller and buyer without an intervening agency
bootlegging - the act of making or transporting alcoholic liquor for sale illegally; "the Prohibition amendment made bootlegging profitable"
bootlegging - the act of selling illegally or without permission; "the bootlegging of videotapes is common in Asia"
commerce, commercialism, mercantilism - transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services)
marketing - the commercial processes involved in promoting and selling and distributing a product or service; "most companies have a manager in charge of marketing"
retail - the selling of goods to consumers; usually in small quantities and not for resale
wholesale - the selling of goods to merchants; usually in large quantities for resale to consumers
sale - a particular instance of selling; "he has just made his first sale"; "they had to complete the sale before the banks closed"
syndication - selling (an article or cartoon) for publication in many magazines or newspapers at the same time; "he received a comfortable income from the syndication of his work"
dumping - selling goods abroad at a price below that charged in the domestic market
dutch auction - a method of selling in which the price is reduced until a buyer is found
retailing - the activities involved in selling commodities directly to consumers
telecommerce, telemarketing, teleselling - the use of the telephone as an interactive medium for promotion and sales
resale - the selling of something purchased
sale - the general activity of selling; "they tried to boost sales"; "laws limit the sale of handguns"