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verb     sell pronunciation in British English
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present participleselling
past tensesold
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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.

    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
  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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