sell - definition in the Learner's Dictionary - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “sell”

See all translations

sell

verb
 
 
/sel/ ( past tense and past participle sold)
FOR MONEY [I, T] A2 to give something to someone who gives you money for it: He sold his guitar for $50. I sold my bike to Claire. [+ two objects] I'm hoping she'll sell me her car.Buying and selling in general
OFFER [T] A2 to offer something for people to buy: Excuse me, do you sell newspapers?Buying and selling in general
sell for/at sth to be available for sale at a particular price: The shirts are selling for £30 each.Buying and selling in general
A LOT [I, T] to be bought in large numbers: His last book sold eight million copies.Buying and selling in general
MAKE YOU WANT [T] to make someone want to buy something: Scandal sells newspapers.Buying and selling in general
IDEA/PLAN [T] to persuade someone that an idea or plan is good: I'm currently trying to sell the idea to my boss.Urging and persuadingCausing somebody to act
(Definition of sell from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “sell” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

force

physical, especially violent, strength, or power

Word of the Day

They sometimes go here and they never go there: using adverbs of frequency

by Liz Walter,
April 29, 2015
Sometimes, always, often, never: these are some of the most common words in English.  Unfortunately, they are also some of the words that cause the most problems for students. Many of my students put them in the wrong place, often because that’s where they go in their own languages. They say things

Read More 

Evel abbreviation

May 04, 2015
English votes for English laws; the idea that only English (as opposed to Scottish, Welsh or Irish) MPs should be allowed to vote for laws that affect only England Yet these are the two principal constitutional proposals that have come from the Conservative party in its kneejerk response to Ukip’s English nationalism and

Read More