Sell v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sold p. pr. & vb. n. Selling.]
1. To transfer to another for an equivalent; to give up for a valuable consideration; to dispose of in return for something, especially for money. It is the correlative of buy.
If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor. --Matt. xix. 21.
I am changed; I'll go sell all my land. --Shak.
Note: ☞ Sell is corellative to buy, as one party buys what the other sells. It is distinguished usually from exchange or barter, in which one commodity is given for another; whereas in selling the consideration is usually money, or its representative in current notes.
2. To make a matter of bargain and sale of; to accept a price or reward for, as for a breach of duty, trust, or the like; to betray.
You would have sold your king to slaughter. --Shak.
3. To impose upon; to trick; to deceive; to make a fool of; to cheat. [Slang]
To sell one's life dearly, to cause much loss to those who take one's life, as by killing a number of one's assailants.
To sell (anything) out, to dispose of it wholly or entirely; as, he had sold out his corn, or his interest in a business.
Sold imp. & p. p. of Sell.
Sold, n. Solary; military pay. [Obs.]
n : the activity of persuading someone to buy; "it was a hard
v 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
adj : disposed of to a purchaser; "this merchandise is sold" [ant: