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

Translation of sell in French:



transitive verb prét, pp sold

  • 1 (gen) (Business)
    vendre (goods, article, house, car, insurance)
    to sell something at a loss/low price/profit
    vendre quelque chose à perte/à bas prix/avec du bénéfice
    shop that sells clothes/groceries/stamps
    magasin qui or où l'on vend des vêtements/de l'épicerie/des timbres
    to sell something to somebody, to sell somebody something
    vendre quelque chose à quelqu'un
    I sold her my car, I sold my car to her
    je lui ai vendu ma voiture
    to sell something for £3
    vendre quelque chose (pour) 3 livres
    to sell something at ou for £5 each/a dozen
    vendre quelque chose 5 livres pièce /la douzaine
    ‘stamps/phonecards sold here’
    ‘ici on vend des timbres/des cartes de téléphone’
    ‘sold’ (on article, house)
    sold to the lady in the corner (at auction)
    adjugé, vendu à la dame dans le coin
    the novel has sold millions (of copies)
    le roman s'est vendu à des millions d'exemplaires
    to sell something back
    revendre quelque chose
    to be sold into slavery
  • 2 (promote sale of)
    (quality, reputation, scandal)
    faire vendre (product, book, newspaper)
    her name will help to sell the film
    son nom aidera à promouvoir le film
  • 3 (put across, make attractive)
    (person, campaign, government)
    faire accepter, vendre [pejorative] (idea, image, policy, party)
    to sell something to somebody, to sell somebody something
    faire accepter quelque chose à quelqu'un, vendre quelque chose à quelqu'un [pejorative]
    the party failed to sell its policies to the electorate
    le parti n'a pas réussi à faire accepter or vendre sa politique aux électeurs
  • 4 [informal] (cause to appear true)to sell somebody somethingto sell something to somebody
    faire avaler quelque chose à quelqu'un [informal] (lie, story, excuse)
    he tried to sell me some line about losing his diary
    il a essayé de me faire avaler je ne sais quelle histoire comme quoi il avait perdu son agenda [informal]
  • 5 (surrender, betray)
    trahir (honour, integrity, reputation, country)

intransitive verb prét, pp sold

  • 1
    (person, shop, dealer)
    to sell at a loss/profit/high price
    vendre à perte/avec du bénéfice/à un bon prix
    to sell to somebody
    vendre à quelqu'un
    I'll sell to the highest bidder
    je vendrai au plus offrant
    to sell for £50
    (dealer, seller)
    vendre à 50 livres
    I'll sell for the best price
    je vendrai au meilleur prix
    to sell as is (Business)
    vendre en l'état
    ‘sell by June 27’
    ‘date limite de vente: 27 juin’
  • 2
    (goods, product, house, book)
    se vendre
    the new model is/isn't selling (well)
    le nouveau modèle se vend bien/mal
    to sell in millions/in great quantities
    se vendre à des millions d'exemplaires/en grande quantités
    it only sells to a sophisticated market/to children
    cela ne se vend que sur un marché raffiné/qu'aux enfants

reflexive verb prét, pp sold

  • 1 (prostitute oneself)to sell oneself [literal] [figurative]
    se vendre (to à) (for pour)
  • 2 (put oneself across)to sell oneself
    se vendre [informal]
    you've got to sell yourself at the interview
    il faut que tu te vendes lors de l'entretien [informal]


to be sold on

être emballé par [informal] (idea, person)

you've been sold [informal]!

tu t'es fait rouler! [informal]
tu t'es fait avoir!

Phrasal verbs

sell off

sell [something] off, sell off [something]
(gen) liquider (goods, stock)
(in sale) solder (item, old stock)

sell out

1 sell out 1.1 (gen) (Business)
(merchandise, tickets, newspapers)
se vendre
they're selling out fast!
ils se vendent vite!
the tickets/today's papers have sold out, we've sold out of tickets/today's papers
tous les billets/les journaux du jour ont été vendus
sorry, we've sold out
1.2 (Theatre, Cinema)the play/show has sold out
la pièce/le spectacle affiche complet
1.3 (Finance) (of company, shares)
vendre ses parts (to à)
I've decided to sell out
j'ai décidé de vendre mes parts
1.4 [informal] (betray one's principles) he's sold out to the opposition
il est passé dans l'opposition
2 sell [something] out, sell out [something] 2.1 (gen) (Business)the concert is sold out
le concert affiche complet
the book has sold out its initial print run
la première édition du livre est épuisée
‘sold out’
‘en rupture de stock’
2.2 (Finance)
vendre (shares, interest in company)

sell up

1 sell up they've sold up
ils ont tout vendu
2 sell up [something]
vendre (business, property)
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