[ UK /sˈɛl/ ]
[ US /ˈsɛɫ/ ]
  1. deliver to an enemy by treachery
    Judas sold Jesus
    The spy betrayed his country
  2. be responsible for the sale of
    All her publicity sold the products
  3. be approved of or gain acceptance
    The new idea sold well in certain circles
  4. be sold at a certain price or in a certain way
    These books sell like hot cakes
  5. give up for a price or reward
    She sold her principles for a successful career
  6. persuade somebody to accept something
    The French try to sell us their image as great lovers
  7. do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood
    The brothers sell shoes
    She deals in gold
  8. exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent
    She sells her body to survive and support her drug habit
    He sold his house in January
  1. the activity of persuading someone to buy
    it was a hard sell
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How To Use sell In A Sentence

  • The Pepper Street gang, of which Jackie was the acknowledged leader, was not a gang of drug-selling hoods.
  • I am told that Ferguson has called me 'unsellable'. The Guardian World News
  • It was a beautiful wooden skiff, with a little outboard motor, perfect for his part-time second occupation of working a few pots to catch crustacea to sell to local pubs and restaurants.
  • These include a nice Nigerian guy who sells the best roast chicken around (he did this in Paris as well), a couple of Egyptians and a Tunisian who make great chicken shawarma and a couple of Turkish guys who do the same with beef.
  • He expressed his racial hatred for everyone, especially OBama making veiled death threats, spoke of other dangerous topics etc … and then offered to sell me a mosser rifle as he was buying a a whole shippment of them. Alex Jones' Prison Planet.com
  • While the Irish government generates a lot of noisy, self-righteous cant about the evils of cigarettes at home, it makes a pretty packet from ‘selling death’ abroad.
  • But that is much more easily done if Cassell can reassume his role as the offensive ignition.
  • A business tycoon, arts patron and committed left-winger, Berge opted to sell the collection amassed over a lifetime after Saint Laurent's death last June aged 71.
  • He urged booksellers to cooperate to form a nationwide chain of ecumenical book outlets that would be well-funded and professionally run.
  • At the time we weren't selling textbooks, just wholesaling them out to textbook dealers.
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