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English definition of “sell out”

sell out

phrasal verb with sell     /sel/ verb (sold, sold)
[I] FINANCE to sell all or part of your business: sell out to sb/sth The business did well and he sold out to his partner for $1.7 million.
[I] COMMERCE to sell all of the supply that you have of something: sell out of sth We sold out of the games in a couple of hours.
[I] COMMERCE if a supply of something sells out, there is no more of that thing to buy: Online requests soared by five times and the product sold out.
[I] FINANCE to sell some of your investments: sell out of sth Managers of small funds can quickly sell out of them at a profit as the initial burst of enthusiasm drives up the price of a new stock.
[T, usually passive] when a film or a show is sold out, all of the tickets for it have been sold: The concert was sold out.
(Definition of sell out from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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