sell Definition

  • 1give or hand over (something) in exchange for money
  • 2persuade someone of the merits of
  • 3be approved of or popular with someone

Using sell: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "sell" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I sold my car to him.

  • Example

    They sell fresh produce at the farmer's market.

  • Example

    She sold her idea to the investors.

  • Example

    The new product is selling well.

sell Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for sell

Idioms Using sell

  • sell like hotcakes

    sell very quickly and in large numbers


    The new iPhone model is selling like hotcakes.

  • deceive or cheat someone


    The salesman sold me a bill of goods about the quality of the product.

  • betray someone


    He sold his colleagues down the river to save his own skin.

Phrases with sell

  • an aggressive and forceful sales technique


    The salesman used a hard sell approach to convince me to buy the car.

  • betray one's principles for reasons of expedience


    He was accused of selling out to the corporate interests.

  • underestimate the true value or worth of


    Don't sell yourself short - you have a lot of talent.

Origins of sell

from Old English 'sellan', meaning 'to give, deliver, offer'


Summary: sell in Brief

The verb 'sell' [sel] refers to exchanging something for money, persuading someone of something, or being popular. It can be used in contexts such as 'I sold my car to him,' 'She sold her idea to the investors,' and 'The new product is selling well.' The phrase 'sell like hotcakes' denotes quick and large sales, while 'sell someone a bill of goods' means to deceive or cheat someone.

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