(noun, verb)


1. the activity of persuading someone to buy

- it was a hard sell

Definition categories: act, sale

Sentences with sell as a noun:

- This is going to be a tough sell.


1. exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent

- She sells her body to survive and support her drug habit

Definition categories: possession, change, exchange, interchange

2. be sold at a certain price or in a certain way

- These books sell like hot cakes

Definition categories: stative, be

3. persuade somebody to accept something

- The French try to sell us their image as great lovers

Definition categories: communication, persuade

4. do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood

- The brothers sell shoes

Similar word(s): trade, deal, trade

Definition categories: possession, transact

5. give up for a price or reward

Definition categories: possession, cede, deliver, surrender

6. be approved of or gain acceptance

Definition categories: stative, be

7. be responsible for the sale of

Definition categories: stative, be

8. deliver to an enemy by treachery

Similar word(s): betray

Definition categories: social, cozen, deceive, delude

Sentences with sell as a verb:

- I'll sell you all three for a hundred dollars.

- This old stock will never sell.

- My boss is very old-fashioned and I'm having a lot of trouble selling the idea of working at home occasionally.