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Pronunciation: /sel/

Translation of sell in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo (past tense & past participle/pasado y participio pasado sold)

  • 1 1.1 [goods/house/shares/player/insurance] vender we don't sell batteries no vendemos pilas sell by 11.4.12 fecha límite de venta: 11-4-12 to sell one's body vender el cuerpo to sell sth to sb, to sell sb sth venderle algo a algn to sell one's soul to the devil venderle el alma al diablo to sell sth for sth vender algo en or por algo they sold the painting for $2,000 vendieron el cuadro en or por 2.000 dólaresto sell sth at sth they are selling it at half price/at $320/at a discount lo están vendiendo a mitad de precio/a 320 dólares/con descuento to sell sth at a loss vender algo perdiendo dinero they sell them at a profit sacan un margen de ganancia al venderlos
    Example sentences
    • The leasing driver has the chance to buy the car outright, renegotiate a lease, or they are sold to a car auction.
    • Is the site being sold to make money for Hackney council?
    • To clarify, I don't mind waiting until all the puppies are sold to collect money.
    Example sentences
    • He says the stores that sell them are running stock clearance sales just now and they're to be had for a good price.
    • That means stocking, promoting and selling hunting products.
    • Specialist hi-fi stores do sell the high end famous brands as well: Toshiba, Sony, Pioneer, Marantz.
    1.2 (achieve sales figure of) her novel sold a million in a year se vendieron un millón de ejemplares de su novela en un año 1.3 (promote) vender big stars sell movies las grandes estrellas venden películas it's quality that sells our products es la calidad lo que hace que nuestros productos se vendan
    Example sentences
    • Lecturing us on how to keep our linen cupboards tidy, we are being sold the idea that cleaning is cool and that a few crumbs under the toaster is an indication of failure.
    • With an eye on the commissions earned from these products brokers were cashing in on the equity craze at a time when the world was being sold the idea of building a share portfolio.
    • Politicians have been sold the idea that it is a big wealth-creating industry that must be cherished at all costs and now refuse to face the downside.
  • 2 [colloquial/familiar] (make acceptable) to sell sth to sb, to sell sb sth convencer* a algn de algo she tried to sell me some story about … trató de convencerme de que …, trató de hacerme tragar que … [colloquial/familiar] it will be difficult for him to sell his austerity measures to the nation le va a costar que la gente acepte sus medidas de austeridad you really have to sell yourself at interviews en una entrevista tienes que convencer al entrevistador de tu valía to be sold on sth I'm not sold on this plan este plan no me convence he's completely sold on the idea está convencido de que es una magnífica idea
    Example sentences
    • He worked in radio and sold Hollywood on the idea for the movie.
    • But trainer Rick Griffin sold Buhner on the idea that he could still be a contributor on the field and in the clubhouse.
    • Now Jerry had always wanted a poolroom, but knew he would have to sell Sherry on the idea.
  • 3 (betray) vender the press accused them of selling their country la prensa los acusó de vender a su país river
    Example sentences
    • I feel we have been sold out by the interim management team led by Mr Dawson.
    • In his acceptance speech, Patrick talked about the raw deal given the fishermen, that they were sold out by the government.
    • A lot of us are angry because we don't know what's happening and the people who have put quite a lot of years into the company feel they have been sold out.
  • 4to sell sb/sth short 4.1to sell sb short he's been sold short (unfairly treated) no lo han tratado como merece (cheated) lo han timado don't sell yourself short tienes que hacerte valer, tienes que darte el lugar que te corresponde 4.2 [stock/shares] vender corto, vender al descubierto

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo (past tense & past participle/pasado y participio pasado sold)

  • 1.1 [person/company] vender we sell direct to the public vendemos directamente al público buying and selling operaciones (feminine plural) de compra y venta 1.2 (be sold) [product] venderse to sell at/for sth venderse a/por algo it sells at about £8 a bottle se vende or lo venden a 8 libras la botella
    Example sentences
    • Tickets for the play's 24 performances sold out in less than two days, the majority of them bought by one of the youngest audiences the theatre can recall.
    • Of the 24 professional performances, six sold out, and a further eight filled at least 85 per cent of the seats.
    • It's only the evening performances which are sold out.
    1.3 [theory] (prove convincing) [colloquial/familiar], tener* aceptación


Phrasal verbs

sell off

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
vender; (cheaply) liquidar

sell on

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento (British English/inglés británico)
[Business/Comercio] revender

sell out

verb + adverb + object/verbo + adverbio + complemento 1.1 (sell all of) [stock] agotar; [article] agotar las existencias de 1.2 (dispose of) [shares/holding] vender, deshacerse* de 1.1verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio 2.1 (sell all stock) [shop]to sell out (of sth) we've o we're sold out of bread no nos queda pan, se nos ha agotado el pan 2.2 (be sold) [stock/tickets] agotarse the red ones had/were sold out by Saturday el sábado ya se habían agotado los rojos or ya no quedaban en rojo sold out [Cinema/Cine] [Theater/Teatro] agotadas las localidades 2.3 (dispose of holding) vender or liquidar el negocio 2.4 (be traitor) [leader/artist] venderse to sell out to sb/sth venderse a algn/algo 1.2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento (betray) [companions/supporters] vender

sell up

(especially British English/especialmente inglés británico)
verb + adverb + object/verbo + adverbio + complemento [business] liquidar, vender 1.1verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio vender el negocio ( or la casa etc)

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