- 1 [transitive, intransitive] to give something to someone in exchange for money sell something (to somebody) (for something) I sold my car to James for $1,800. sell somebody something (for something) I sold James my car for $1,800. sell (something) (at something) They sold the business at a profit/loss (= they gained/lost money when they sold it). We offered them a good price but they wouldn't sell. offer for sale
- 2 [transitive] sell something to offer something for people to buy Most supermarkets sell a selection of organic products. Do you sell stamps? to sell insurance compare cross-selling be bought
- 3 [transitive, intransitive] to be bought by people in the way or in the numbers mentioned; to be offered at the price mentioned sell (something) The magazine sells 300,000 copies a week. Their last album sold millions. The book sold well and was reprinted many times. The new design just didn't sell (= nobody bought it). sell for/at something The pens sell for just $1.50 each. persuade
- 4[intransitive, transitive] to make people want to buy something You may not like it but advertising sells. sell something It is quality not price that sells our products.
- 5[transitive] sell something/yourself (to somebody) to persuade someone that something is a good idea, service, product, etc.; to persuade someone that you are the right person for a job, position, etc. Now we have to try and sell the idea to management. You really have to sell yourself at a job interview. take money/reward
- 6[transitive] sell yourself (to somebody) (disapproving) to accept money or a reward from someone for doing something that is against your principles synonym prostitute see also sale Idioms
exchange for money
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NAmE//sɛl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sell
he / she / it sells
past simple sold
-ing form selling
to be very enthusiastic about something He wasn't sold on the idea.
be sold on something (informal)jump to other results
to sell quickly or in great numbers
go/sell like hot cakesjump to other results
to have sex with someone in exchange for money
sell your bodyjump to other results
to give poor or unfair treatment to someone you have promised to help From the custom of buying and selling slaves on the plantations on the Mississippi river. Slaves who caused trouble for their masters could be sold to plantation owners lower down the river, where conditions would be worse.
sell somebody down the river (informal)jump to other results
to not value someone/yourself highly enough and show this by the way you treat or present them/yourself
sell somebody/yourself shortjump to other results
to do anything, even something bad or dishonest, in return for money, success, or power Phrasal Verbssell somethingoffsell somebody on somethingsell outsell out (of something)sell out (to somebody/something)sell somebodyout
sell your soul (to the devil)jump to other results