sell

To sell is to exchange a thing or a service for money. You could sell lemonade from a table on the sidewalk, or sell hotdogs at a baseball game.

When a business or store carries certain products for purchase, they sell those things; a car lot sells automobiles, and a bookstore sells books and magazines. Sometimes people say that an item "sells at" or "sells for" a certain price: "Normally, those candy bars sell for a dollar each." When something sells out, it's totally gone, but when a person sells out, they give up their principles for money or popularity.

Definitions of sell
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v 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”
Antonyms:
buy, purchase
obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction
buy
be worth or be capable of buying
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sell
negociate
sell or discount
scalp
sell illegally, as on the black market
bootleg
sell illicit products such as drugs or alcohol
sell short
sell securities or commodities or foreign currency that is not actually owned by the seller, who hopes to cover (buy back) the sold items at a lower price and thus to earn a profit
remainder
sell cheaply as remainders
resell
sell (something) again after having bought it
syndicate
sell articles, television programs, or photos to several publications or independent broadcasting stations
deaccession
sell (art works) from a collection, especially in order to raise money for the purchase of other art works
sell off
get rid of by selling, usually at reduced prices
fob off, foist off, palm off
sell as genuine, sell with the intention to deceive
realise, realize
convert into cash; of goods and property
auction, auction off, auctioneer
sell at an auction
retail
sell on the retail market
wholesale
sell in large quantities
sacrifice
sell at a loss
dump, underprice
sell at artificially low prices
undercut, undersell
sell cheaper than one's competition
dispose
give, sell, or transfer to another
move
dispose of by selling
redispose
dispose anew
street-walk, streetwalk
walk the streets in search of customers
Type of:
change, exchange, interchange
give to, and receive from, one another

v do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood

“The brothers sell shoes”
Synonyms:
deal, trade
deal
sell
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push
sell or promote the sale of (illegal goods such as drugs)
deal
sell
black marketeer
deal on the black market
pyramid
use or deal in (as of stock or commercial transaction) in a pyramid deal
market
deal in a market
hawk, huckster, monger, peddle, pitch, vend
sell or offer for sale from place to place
Type of:
transact
conduct business

v give up for a price or reward

“She sold her principles for a successful career”
Synonyms:
betray
deliver to an enemy by treachery
Type of:
cede, deliver, give up, surrender
relinquish possession or control over

v deliver to an enemy by treachery

“Judas sold Jesus”
Synonyms:
betray
Types:
double cross
betray by double-dealing
Type of:
cozen, deceive, delude, lead on
be false to; be dishonest with

v be sold at a certain price or in a certain way

“These books sell like hot cakes”
Synonyms:
deal, trade
do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood
Types:
retail
be sold at the retail level
trade
be traded at a certain price or under certain conditions
close
be priced or listed when trading stops
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

v persuade somebody to accept something

“The French try to sell us their image as great lovers”
Type of:
persuade
cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm

v be approved of or gain acceptance

“The new idea sold well in certain circles”
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

v be responsible for the sale of

“All her publicity sold the products”
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

n the activity of persuading someone to buy

“it was a hard sell
Type of:
sale
the general activity of selling

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