WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
sold /soʊld/USA pronunciation v. 

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
sell1 /sɛl/USA pronunciation v., sold/soʊld/USA pronunciationsell•ing,n. 

  • to transfer (goods or property) (to someone);
    to do or perform (services) in exchange for money (for someone): [+ object]He sold his car.[+ object + to + object]She sold her car to her sister.[+ object + object]sold her sister her old car.[no object]He said he wasn't selling; he just wanted to talk to us.
  • [+ object] to deal in;
    keep or offer for sale:to sell insurance.
  • [+ object] to promote or cause the sale of:Packaging sells many products.
  • [+ object] to obtain, total, or achieve sales of:The record sold a million copies.
  • [+ at/for + object] to be offered for sale at the price indicated:This little model sells for $200.
  • [no object] to be in demand by buyers:On a rainy day, umbrellas really sell.
  • to (cause to) be accepted, esp. generally: [+ object + to + object]to sell an idea to the public.[no object]Now there's an idea that will really sell!
  • to cause or persuade to see the value of: [+ object]He did a good job of selling himself.[+ object + on + object]to sell the voters on a candidate.
  • [+ object] to surrender (something, or oneself) improperly for profit or advantage:to sell one's soul for power.
  • sell off, to rid oneself of by selling, esp. at reduced prices: [+ off + object]to sell off last year's designs.[+ object + off]to sell old furniture off before moving.
  • sell out: 
    • to sell everything completely: [be + sold out]The store is all sold out of beanbag chairs.[no object]The store sold out before we even got there!
    • to betray or be disloyal to (one's friend, a cause, etc.): [+ out + object]He sold out his principles to get elected.[+ object + out]He sold them out just for his own gain.[no object]He has sold out and will go along with whatever his boss wants.

    n. [countable]
  • an act or method of selling:a hard sell, or doing anything to get a sale.
  • Informal Terms[Informal.]a cheat; hoax.
  • idiom
    1. to sell (someone) down the river, [+ object + down the river] to betray:wound up selling his pals down the river for a shorter sentence.

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    sold /səʊld/ vb
    1. the past tense and past participle of sell
    1. sold onslang uncritically attached to or enthusiastic about

    sell /sɛl/ vb (sells, selling, sold)
    1. to dispose of or transfer or be disposed of or transferred to a purchaser in exchange for money or other consideration; put or be on sale
    2. to deal in (objects, property, etc): he sells used cars for a living
    3. (transitive) to give up or surrender for a price or reward: to sell one's honour
    4. to promote or facilitate the sale of (objects, property, etc): publicity sells many products
    5. to induce or gain acceptance of: to sell an idea
    6. (intransitive) to be in demand on the market: these dresses sell well in the spring
    7. (transitive) informal to deceive or cheat
    8. sell down the riverinformal to betray
    9. sell oneselfto convince someone else of one's potential or worth
    10. to give up one's moral or spiritual standards, etc
    11. sell shortinformal to disparage or belittle
    12. to sell securities or goods without owning them in anticipation of buying them before delivery at a lower price
    1. the act or an instance of selling
    2. informal a trick, hoax, or deception

    See also sell in, sell off, sell out, sell upEtymology: Old English sellan to lend, deliver; related to Old Norse selja to sell, Gothic saljan to offer sacrifice, Old High German sellen to sell, Latin cōnsilium advice

    ˈsellable adj

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