AskDefine | Define sell

Dictionary Definition

sell n : the activity of persuading someone to buy; "it was a hard sell"


1 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" [ant: buy]
2 be sold at a certain price or in a certain way; "These books sell like hot cakes"
3 do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood; "She deals in gold"; "The brothers sell shoes" [syn: deal, trade]
4 persuade somebody to accept something; "The French try to sell us their image as great lovers"
5 give up for a price or reward; "She sold her principles for a successful career"
6 deliver to an enemy by treachery; "Judas sold Jesus"; "The spy betrayed his country" [syn: betray]
7 be approved of or gain acceptance; "The new idea sold well in certain circles"
8 be responsible for the sale of; "All her publicity sold the products" [also: sold]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /sɛl/
    Rhymes with: -ɛl


Etymology 1

sellan ‘give’, later ‘give up for money’, from *saljanan.



  1. To agree to transfer goods or provide services in exchange for money.
  2. (professional wrestling slang) In professional wrestling, to pretend that an opponent's blows or maneuvers are causing legitimate injury; to act.
  3. To promote a particular viewpoint; to manipulate towards a desired end.
    I don't know what she was selling when she pretended she liked him.
Translations to be categorized


  1. An easy task.
    • 1922: What a sell for Lena! - Katherine Mansfield, The Doll's House (Selected Stories, Oxford World's Classics paperback 2002, 354)

Etymology 2

From selle, from sella.



  1. A seat or stool.
  2. A saddle.



  1. look





  • /sɛl/


  1. To sell.

Extensive Definition

Sell can mean: to sell
sell in Simple English: Sell

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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