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American English: /sɛl/
British English: /sɛl/

Translation of sell in Spanish:

transitive verb past tense & past participle sold

  • 1 1.1
    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 something to somebody, to sell somebody something
    venderle algo a alguien
    to sell one's soul to the devil
    venderle el alma al diablo
    to sell something for something
    vender algo en or por algo
    they sold the painting for $2,000
    vendieron el cuadro en or por 2.000 dólares
    to sell something at somethingthey 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 something 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) 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] (make acceptable)to sell something to somebody, to sell somebody something
    convencer a alguien de algo
    she tried to sell me some story about …
    trató de convencerme de que …
    trató de hacerme tragar que … [colloquial]
    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 somethingI'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) the press accused them of selling their country
    la prensa los acusó de vender a su país
    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 somebody/something short 4.1to sell somebody shorthe'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
    vender corto
    vender al descubierto

intransitive verb past tense & past participle sold

  • 1
    we sell direct to the public
    vendemos directamente al público
    buying and selling
    operaciones (feminine plural) de compra y venta
  • 2 (be sold)
    to sell at/for something
    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.
  • 3
    (theory) (prove convincing) [colloquial]
    tener aceptación


Phrasal verbs

sell off

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
(cheaply) liquidar

sell on

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object (British English)

sell out

1verb + adverb + object 1.1
(sell all of) (stock)
agotar las existencias de
1.2 (dispose of)
deshacerse de
2verb + adverb 2.1 (sell all stock) (shop)to sell out (of something)we've o we're sold out of bread
no nos queda pan
se nos ha agotado el pan
2.2 (be sold)
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, Theater)
agotadas las localidades
2.3 (dispose of holding)
vender or liquidar el negocio
2.4 (be traitor)
to sell out to somebody/something
venderse a alguien/algo
3verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object (betray)

sell up

(esp British English)
1verb + adverb + object
2verb + adverb
vender el negocio ( or la casa etc)
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