—sellable, adj.v.t.1. to transfer (goods) to or render (services) for another in exchange for money; dispose of to a purchaser for a price: He sold the car to me for $1000.2. to deal in; keep or offer for sale: He sells insurance. This store sells my favorite brand.3. to make a sale or offer for sale to: He'll sell me the car for $1000.4. to persuade or induce (someone) to buy something: The salesman sold me on a more expensive model than I wanted.5. to persuade or induce someone to buy (something): The clerk really sold the shoes to me by flattery.6. to make sales of: The hot record sold a million copies this month.7. to cause to be accepted, esp. generally or widely: to sell an idea to the public.8. to cause or persuade to accept; convince: to sell the voters on a candidate.9. to accept a price for or make a profit of (something not a proper object for such action): to sell one's soul for political power.10. to force or exact a price for: The defenders of the fort sold their lives dearly.11. Informal. to cheat, betray, or hoax.v.i.12. to engage in selling something.13. to be on sale.14. to offer something for sale: I like this house - will they sell?15. to be employed to persuade or induce others to buy, as a salesperson or a clerk in a store: One sister is a cashier and the other sells.16. to have a specific price; be offered for sale at the price indicated (fol. by at or for): Eggs used to sell at sixty cents a dozen. This shirt sells for thirty dollars.17. to be in demand by buyers: On a rainy day, umbrellas really sell.18. to win acceptance, approval, or adoption: Here's an idea that'll sell.19. sell off, to sell, esp. at reduced prices, in order to get rid of: The city is selling off a large number of small lots at public auction.20. sell out,a. to dispose of entirely by selling.b. to betray (an associate, one's country, a cause, etc.); turn traitor: He committed suicide rather than sell out to the enemy.22. sell (someone) a bill of goods. See bill of goods (def. 3).23. sell up, Brit. to sell out: She was forced to sell up her entire stock of crystal.n.24. an act or method of selling.25. Stock Exchange. a security to be sold.26. Informal. a cheat; hoax.[bef. 900; ME sellen (v.), OE sellan orig., to give, hence, give up (someone) to an enemy, betray, exchange for money; c. ON selja, LG sellen, Goth saljan to give up, sell, orig., to cause to take; akin to Gk heleîn to take]Ant. 1. buy.sell2/sel/, n., adj., pron. Scot.self.
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