1. [syn: selling, merchandising, marketing]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Sell \Sell\ (s[e^]l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sold (s[=o]ld); p.
pr. & vb. n. Selling.] [OE. sellen, sillen, AS. sellan,
syllan, to give, to deliver; akin to OS. sellian, OFries.
sella, OHG. sellen, Icel. selja to hand over, to sell, Sw.
s[aum]lja to sell, Dan. s[ae]lge, Goth. saljan to offer a
sacrifice; all from a noun akin to E. sale. Cf. Sale.]
1. To transfer to another for an equivalent; to give up for a
valuable consideration; to dispose of in return for
something, especially for money. It is the correlative of
If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast,
and give to the poor. --Matt. xix.
I am changed; I'll go sell all my land. --Shak.
Note: Sell is corellative to buy, as one party buys what the
other sells. It is distinguished usually from exchange
or barter, in which one commodity is given for another;
whereas in selling the consideration is usually money,
or its representative in current notes.
2. To make a matter of bargain and sale of; to accept a price
or reward for, as for a breach of duty, trust, or the
like; to betray.
You would have sold your king to slaughter. --Shak.
3. To impose upon; to trick; to deceive; to make a fool of;
to cheat. [Slang] --Dickens.
To sell one's life dearly, to cause much loss to those who
take one's life, as by killing a number of one's
To sell (anything) out, to dispose of it wholly or
entirely; as, he had sold out his corn, or his interest in
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the exchange of goods for an agreed sum of money [syn:
selling, merchandising, marketing]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
80 Moby Thesaurus words for "selling":
accouterment, allurement, armament, blandishment, cajolement,
cajolery, catering, chandlery, coaxing, conning,
consumer preference study, consumer research, consumer survey,
direct-mail selling, endowment, engagement, enlistment, equipment,
exhortation, finding, fitting out, furnishing, furnishment,
hard sell, hawking, high-pressure salesmanship, hortation,
huckstering, inducement, investment, jawboning, jobbing, lobbying,
logistics, low-pressure salesmanship, mail-order selling, market,
market research, marketing, marketing research, merchandising,
outfitting, peddling, persuasion, preaching, preachment,
preparation, procurement, promotion, providing, provision,
provisioning, purveyance, reinforcement, replenishment, resupply,
retail, retailing, sales, sales campaign, sales promotion,
sales talk, salesmanship, sellout, snow job, soft sell, soft soap,
solicitation, suasion, subsidization, subsidy, subvention, supply,
supplying, sweet talk, victualing, wheedling, wholesale,
wholesaling, working on