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"sell" in British English

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uk   /sel/  us   /sel/ (sold, sold)
  • sell verb (MONEY)

A2 [I or T] to give something to someone ​else in ​return for ​money: [+ two objects] I sold him my ​car/I sold my ​car to him for $600. We'll be selling the ​tickets at/for £50 each. The ​stall sells ​drinks and ​snacks.
A2 [I or T] to be ​bought in the way or ​quantities that are ​mentioned; to be sold at the ​pricementioned : These ​baskets sell well (= a lot of them are ​bought). Their last ​album sold over a hundred thousand ​copies. How much does the ​phone sell for?
  • sell verb (PERSUADE)

C2 [T] to ​persuade someone that an ​idea or ​plan is a good one and ​likely to be ​successful: My ​boss is very ​old-fashioned and I'm having a lot of ​trouble selling the ​idea of ​working at ​homeoccasionally. The ​filmmakers sold me on the ​idea that my ​book would ​work on the ​screen. [+ two objects] The ​chance of ​greateraccess to ​Europeanmarkets would ​help sell the ​president the ​plan/sell the ​plan to the ​president. In an ​interview, you have to sell ​yourself to the ​employer.
(Definition of sell from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sell" in American English

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sellverb [I/T]

 us   /sel/ (past tense and past participle sold  /soʊld/ )
  • sell verb [I/T] (EXCHANGE FOR MONEY)

to give a thing or ​perform a ​service in ​exchange for ​money: [T] The ​children sold ​lemonade. [I] These ​baskets sell well (= ​peoplebuy a lot of them).
  • sell verb [I/T] (PERSUADE)

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 ​schoolboard.
(Definition of sell from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"sell" in Business English

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uk   us   /sel/ (sold, sold)
[I or T] COMMERCE, FINANCE to give something to someone else in ​return for ​money: sell securities/​shares/​stock sell a ​car/​company/​house The 43% ​owner of the ​companyindicated that it was ​ready to sell.sell sth to sb/sth The ​partnersplan to sell 40% of the ​company to ​investors.sell sb sth We are going to sell him our ​car.sell to sb/sth The ​site could be ​built on if the ​owners decided to sell to ​privatedevelopers.sell sth at $10/$100, etc. It ​raised $180 million Monday by selling 7.2 million ​shares at $25 ​apiece.sell sth at a loss/markup/profit The ​business was sold at an enormous ​profit.sell sth for $10/$100, etc. How much did you sell your ​house for?
[I or T] COMMERCE to have something ​available for ​people to ​buy: sell ​goods/​products/​services On either ​bank of the river are ​specialistshops selling ​designer clothes, ​books, music and art. Its ​products are sold in 150 countries. We sell directly via a ​contactsalesforce. sell ​online/over the ​internet
[I or T] COMMERCE, FINANCE to be ​bought in the ​quantities or the way ​specified: sell fast/well The watches are selling well through the group's ​retailoutlets.sell at $10/$100, etc. The ​stock is ​currently selling at 11 ​timesearningsestimates.sell for $10/$100, etc. The games console will sell for $349. The ​company had problems with ​overstocking and ​products that didn't sell. The ​magazine is now selling 225,000 ​copies a week.
[I or T] MARKETING to make ​people want to ​buy something: Price and ​delivery are only two elements of the ​marketingmix that sells ​products. It's a cliche of ​advertising to say that "sex sells".
[T] to persuade someone that an ​idea or ​plan is a good one, and likely to be ​successful: He is ​trying to sell an ​idea for a TV comedy.sell sth to sb The ​government sold ​spendingcuts to the ​public as a way to get the ​economygrowing again.
sell yourself
to persuade ​people that you have the ​rightqualities or ​abilities for a particular ​job or in a particular ​situation: The ​phoneinterview is your one chance to sell yourself.
sell like hot cakes informal
to be ​bought quickly and in large ​numbers: With-profits ​bonds have sold like hot cakes to older ​people looking for a low-risk, high ​return for their ​money.

sellnoun [C, usually singular]

uk   us   /sel/ MARKETING
an ​act of selling or ​trying to sell a ​product or ​service: a difficult/hard/tough sell In spite of continuing drought ​conditions, artificial grass remains a hard sell. Fear of ​unemployment make ​mortgageprotection an ​easy sell.
an ​act of ​trying to persuade someone that something is a good ​idea: a hard/difficult/tough sell Tax ​breaks for ​developers to ​build more-expensive ​housing would be a tough sell.
[C] (also sell rating) FINANCE, STOCK MARKET advice to sell ​shares in a particular ​company from a broker: The ​broker SG Securities is ​moving its ​rating to a sell. While Merrill has a neutral ​recommendation, we believe the ​shares are a sell.
(Definition of sell from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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