/ sel; sZl/ v (pt, pp sold / sEUld; sold/) 1 [I, Ipr, Tn, Tn.pr, Dn.n, Dn.pr] ~ (sth) (to sb) (at/for sth) give (goods, etc) to sb who becomes their owner after paying one money ; ; : Can she be persuaded to sell (the house)? ? * I won't sell to a stranger. . * sell (sth) at a high price, a loss, a discount * sell (one's bike) for ￡80 80 * sell sth by auction * sell sb into slavery, ie as a slave * I sold my car (to a friend) for ￡750. 750. * Will you sell me your camera? ? 2 [Tn] (a) have a stock of (sth) for sale; be a dealer in (sth) ; : a shop that sells fruit, clothes, electrical goods * Do you sell stamps? ? (b) (of a salesperson) persuade people to buy (sth) : I sell insurance. . 3 [Tn] make people want to buy (sth); cause (sth) to be sold ; : It is not price but quality that sells our shoes. . * Her name will help to sell the film. , . =>Usage . 4 [I, Ipr, In/pr] ~ (at/for sth) be sold; find buyers ; ; : Will such a long novel sell? ? * The car is selling well. . * Umbrellas sell best in winter. . * The badges sell at 50p each. 50. * The group's record has sold millions. . 5 (infml ) (a) [Tn, Dn.n, Dn.pr] ~ sth/sb (to sb) make sb believe that sth/sb is good, useful, worth having, etc  : You'll never sell changes like that to the work-force. , . * a big poster campaign selling the new party * You have to sell yourself (ie show that you are the most suitable applicant) at a job interview. , . (b) [Dn.n, Dn.pr] ~ sth to sb make sb believe that sth is true : sell sb an excuse, story, etc * He tried to sell me a line about losing his wallet. . 6 [Tn, Dn.pr] ~ oneself (to sb) accept a bribe, reward, etc (from sb) for doing sth bad : Are artists who work in advertising selling themselves? ? * The police had sold themselves to the gang leaders. . 7 [Tn esp passive ] (dated infml , ) cheat (sb) : You've been sold again. That car you bought is a wreck. . . 8 (idm ) be sold on sth/sb (infml ) be enthusiastic about sth/sb : I like the house but I'm not sold on the area. , . be sold `out (of sth) have sold all the stock, tickets, etc : The match was completely sold out. . * We're sold out of Sunday papers, sir. , . sell one's `body (rhet ) work as a prostitute . sell sb down the `river (infml ) betray sb, usu for one's own advantage . sell one's life `dearly (fml ) kill or wound a number of one's enemies before being killed . sell like hot cakes => hot. sell the pass betray one's cause or one's allies . sell sb a `pup (infml ) sell sb sth that is worthless, or worth less than the price paid : You've been sold a pup -- that house is nearly falling down! --! sell sth/sb `short (a) (commerce ) sell (shares, etc) that one does not yet own in the hope of being able to buy them soon at a lower price . (b) not recognize the true value of sth/sb/oneself [/]: Don't sell her short: she's very gifted in some areas. , . (c) cheat sb in value or quantity . sell one's `soul (to the devil) do sth dishonourable or unworthy in return for money, fame, etc , : She'd sell her soul to get the job. . 9 (phr v) sell sth off sell (esp items which are unwanted or have not sold well) often at very low prices : sell off old stock . sell out be all sold : The show has sold out, ie There are no tickets left. . sell out (of sth) sell one's whole supply of sth : We've sold out (of milk) but we'll be getting some more in later. , . sell out (to sb) betray one's principles : She's sold out and left the party. . sell (sth) out (to sb) sell all or part of (one's share in a business) : She had decided to sell out (her share of the company) and retire. . sell sb out betray sb : They've sold us out by agreeing to work during the strike. , . sell (sth) up sell (all one's property, one's home, etc) eg when leaving the country or retiring .
NOTE ON USAGE : Compare sell, vend, peddle, push and flog. sell vend peddle push flog. 1 Sell is the most general verb, meaning `give in exchange for money' *sell, ｀＇: They are selling their house and moving to the country. , . * Do you sell magazines here? ?2 Vend is formal and indicates the selling of small articles. *vend, . The noun vendor is much more common than the verb vendor, : a street vendor, a news-vendor . It is also a legal term used especially in the selling of a house *vendor, : The vendor signs a contract with the purchaser. . Vending-machine is also common and is a coin-operated slot machine for the sale of small items. *vending-machine, . 3 Peddle indicates the selling of small, inexpensive goods by going from house to house *peddle: He peddled small household articles around the town. . 4 Push is informal and is used for the selling of illegal drugs *push, : He was caught pushing heroin to schoolchildren. . 5 Flog is slang. *flog. It often suggests that what is to be sold is of little value, possibly stolen and therefore difficult to sell , , : He tried to flog me a broken TV set. .