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SELL (sold)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does sell mean? 

SELL (noun)
  The noun SELL has 1 sense:

1. the activity of persuading someone to buy

  Familiarity information: SELL used as a noun is very rare.


SELL (verb)
  The verb SELL has 8 senses:

1. exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent
2. be sold at a certain price or in a certain way
3. do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood
4. persuade somebody to accept something
5. give up for a price or reward
6. deliver to an enemy by treachery
7. be approved of or gain acceptance
8. be responsible for the sale of

  Familiarity information: SELL used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


SELL (noun)


Sense 1sell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The activity of persuading someone to buy

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

it was a hard sell

Hypernyms ("sell" is a kind of...):

sale (the general activity of selling)


SELL (verb)


Sense 1sell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Context examples:

He sold his house in January / She sells her body to survive and support her drug habit

Hypernyms (to "sell" is one way to...):

change; exchange; interchange (give to, and receive from, one another)

"Sell" entails doing...:

give (transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody)

Domain category:

commerce; commercialism; mercantilism (transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "sell"):

clear (sell)

retail (sell on the retail market)

wholesale (sell in large quantities)

trust (extend credit to)

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)

prostitute (sell one's body; exchange sex for money)

auction; auction off; auctioneer (sell at an auction)

realise; realize (convert into cash; of goods and property)

fob off; foist off; palm off (sell as genuine, sell with the intention to deceive)

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)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody something
Somebody ----s something to somebody

Sentence examples:

They sell the food to the people
They sell the people the food

Antonym:

buy (obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction)


Sense 2sell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be sold at a certain price or in a certain way

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context example:

These books sell like hot cakes

Hypernyms (to "sell" is one way to...):

be (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "sell"):

retail (be sold at the retail level)

trade (be traded at a certain price or under certain conditions)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP

Sentence example:

These cars won't sell


Sense 3sell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

sell; trade; deal

Context examples:

She deals in gold / The brothers sell shoes

Hypernyms (to "sell" is one way to...):

transact (conduct business)

Domain category:

commerce; commercialism; mercantilism (transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "sell"):

hawk; huckster; monger; peddle; pitch; vend (sell or offer for sale from place to place)

market (deal in a market)

pyramid (use or deal in (as of stock or commercial transaction) in a pyramid deal)

black marketeer (deal on the black market)

deal (sell)

push (sell or promote the sale of (illegal goods such as drugs))

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 4sell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Persuade somebody to accept something

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

The French try to sell us their image as great lovers

Hypernyms (to "sell" is one way to...):

persuade (cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody something
Somebody ----s something to somebody

Sentence example:

They won't sell the story


Sense 5sell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Give up for a price or reward

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Context example:

She sold her principles for a successful career

Hypernyms (to "sell" is one way to...):

cede; deliver; give up; surrender (relinquish possession or control over)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody something
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Sense 6sell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Deliver to an enemy by treachery

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

betray; sell

Context examples:

Judas sold Jesus / The spy betrayed his country

Hypernyms (to "sell" is one way to...):

cozen; deceive; delude; lead on (be false to; be dishonest with)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "sell"):

double cross (betray by double-dealing)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

Sam cannot sell Sue


Sense 7sell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be approved of or gain acceptance

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context example:

The new idea sold well in certain circles

Hypernyms (to "sell" is one way to...):

be (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun))

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 8sell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be responsible for the sale of

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context example:

All her publicity sold the products

Hypernyms (to "sell" is one way to...):

be (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun))

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


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