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Meaning of sale by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English, from Old English, from Old Norse sala ( “sale” ), from Proto-Indo-European *sel- ( “to grab” ) .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /seɪl/, X-SAMPA: /seIl/
    • Rhymes: -eɪl
    • Homophone: sail


    sale ( plural: sales )

    1. An exchange of goods or services for currency or credit .
      He celebrated after the sale of company .
    2. A particular opportunity for a sale .
    3. The sale of goods at reduced prices .
      They are having a clearance sale: 50% off .
    4. The act of putting up for auction to the highest bidder .

    Derived terms



    • ales, ELAS, Elsa, lase, leas, seal, SEAL

Explanation of sale by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a particular instance of selling

    2. he has just made his first sale
      they had to complete the sale before the banks closed
    3. the general activity of selling

    4. they tried to boost sales
      laws limit the sale of handguns
    5. an occasion ( usually brief ) for buying at specially reduced prices

    6. they held a sale to reduce their inventory
      I got some great bargains at their annual sale
    7. an agreement ( or contract ) in which property is transferred from the seller ( vendor ) to the buyer ( vendee ) for a fixed price in money ( paid or agreed to be paid by the buyer )

    8. the salesman faxed the sales agreement to his home office
    9. the state of being purchasable

    10. you'll find vitamin C for sale at most pharmacies
      the new line of cars will soon be on sale

    Definition of sale by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Sale n. See 1st Sallow. [Obs.] Spenser.

    2. Sale, n. [Icel. sala, sal, akin to E. sell. See Sell, v. t.]
      1. The act of selling; the transfer of property, or a contract to transfer the ownership of property, from one person to another for a valuable consideration, or for a price in money.

      2. Opportunity of selling; demand; market.

      They shall have ready sale for them. Spenser.

      3. Public disposal to the highest bidder, or exposure of goods in market; auction. Sir W. Temple.

      Bill of sale. See under Bill. -- Of sale, On sale, For sale, to be bought or sold; offered to purchasers; in the market. -- To set to sale, to offer for sale; to put up for purchase; to make merchandise of. [Obs.] Milton.