Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


English definition of “sell”


verb [I/T] (PERSUADE)   /sel/ (past tense and past participle sold  /soʊld/)
to persuade someone to accept an idea or plan , or to cause something to be accepted : [T] That is a plan we can easily sell to the school board .
(Definition of sell verb (PERSUADE) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of sell

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Urging & persuading, but you might be interested in these topics from the Expressing agreement & support topic area:

Definitions of “sell” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


a good knowledge of something, or the fact that you know it so well

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More