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English definition of “private sale”

private sale

noun [C or U]    
FINANCE a situation in which shares , bonds , etc. are sold to only a small group of investors , rather than on an open market : a private sale of sth The company raised nearly $6 million through a private sale of stock to investors .
COMMERCE, PROPERTY a situation in which land , a house , etc. is sold directly to the buyer , rather than through an agent (= someone acting for the seller ): You don't have to pay estate agents ' fees if you opt for a private sale . He decided to sell the house by private sale .
(Definition of private sale noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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