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English noun: sell

1. sell (act) the activity of persuading someone to buy


SamplesIt was a hard sell.


Broader (hypernym)sale


English verb: sell

1. sell (possession) exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent


SamplesHe sold his house in January.
She sells her body to survive and support her drug habit.


ExamplesThey sell the food to the people, They sell the people the food


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Broader (hypernym)change, exchange, interchange


Narrower (hyponym)auction, auction off, auctioneer, bootleg, clear, deaccession, dispose, dump, fob off, foist off, move, negociate, palm off, prostitute, realise, realize, remainder, resell, retail, sacrifice, scalp, sell off, sell short, syndicate, undercut, underprice, undersell, wholesale


Entailgive


Verb groupsell


Domain categorycommerce, commercialism, mercantilism


Antonymsbuy, purchase

2. sell (stative) be sold at a certain price or in a certain way


SamplesThese books sell like hot cakes.


ExamplesThese cars won't sell


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)be


Narrower (hyponym)retail, trade


Verb groupdeal, sell, sell, trade

3. sell (communication) persuade somebody to accept something


SamplesThe French try to sell us their image as great lovers.


ExamplesThey won't sell the story


Pattern of useSomething ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Broader (hypernym)persuade

4. sell (possession) do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood


SamplesShe deals in gold.
The brothers sell shoes.


Synonymsdeal, trade


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)transact


Narrower (hyponym)black marketeer, deal, hawk, huckster, market, monger, peddle, pitch, push, pyramid, vend


Verb groupdeal, sell


Domain categorycommerce, commercialism, mercantilism

5. sell (possession) give up for a price or reward


SamplesShe sold her principles for a successful career.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Broader (hypernym)cede, deliver, give up, surrender


Verb groupbetray, sell

6. sell (stative) be approved of or gain acceptance


SamplesThe new idea sold well in certain circles.


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)be

7. sell (stative) be responsible for the sale of


SamplesAll her publicity sold the products.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)be

8. sell (social) deliver to an enemy by treachery


SamplesJudas sold Jesus.
The spy betrayed his country.


ExamplesSam cannot sell Sue


Synonymsbetray


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)cozen, deceive, delude, lead on


Narrower (hyponym)double cross


Verb groupsell









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