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verb sell pronunciation in British English /sel/
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present tense
present participleselling
past tensesold
past participlesold
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to exchange something for money
    They’ve already sold over two million copies of their record.
    sell something at a profit/loss (=for more/less money than you paid): I don’t think dealers sell these cars at much of a profit.
    My uncle buys and sells antiques for a living.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to persuade someone to buy something from a business that employs you
      sell someone something: I sold one customer five pairs of shoes yesterday.
    2. b.
      [transitive] a shop that sells a particular product has a supply of it for customers to buy
      Do you think they sell children’s books here?
    3. c.
      [intransitive] if something sells, people buy it
      Designer clothes don’t really sell much in the smaller towns.
      something sells well (=a lot of people buy it): Her new book sold very well in the first six months.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to be a quality that makes people want to buy, have, or do something
    Sex and violence have sold a lot of cinema tickets.
  3. 3
    [transitive] informal to persuade someone to do, have, or use something
    sell something to someone: I don’t think we could sell the idea to our partners.



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