What is the meaning of sell?


  • The activity of persuading someone to buy.
    • usage: "it was a hard sell"


  • Exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent.
    • usage: "He sold his house in January"; "She sells her body to survive and support her drug habit"
  • Be sold at a certain price or in a certain way.
    • usage: "These books sell like hot cakes"
  • Persuade somebody to accept something.
    • usage: "The French try to sell us their image as great lovers"
  • Do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood.
    • usage: "She deals in gold"; "The brothers sell shoes"
  • Give up for a price or reward.
    • usage: "She sold her principles for a successful career"
  • Be approved of or gain acceptance.
    • usage: "The new idea sold well in certain circles"
  • Be responsible for the sale of.
    • usage: "All her publicity sold the products"
  • Deliver to an enemy by treachery.
    • usage: "Judas sold Jesus"; "The spy betrayed his country"
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APAWordNet. (2010). sell. Retrieved October 17, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/sell/definitions/1193474
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