Definition of sale in English:

sale

noun

  • 1[mass noun] The exchange of a commodity for money; the action of selling something.

    ‘we withdrew it from sale’
    [count noun] ‘the sale has fallen through’
    • ‘Amongst the conditions of sale is proof by prospective purchasers of the availability of funds.’
    • ‘Money from each book sale will go to the Alice Rose Trust which supports sick children.’
    • ‘When the holding of an auction was approved and the place and time were agreed upon, the notary drew up the conditions of sale.’
    • ‘It is a condition of sale that tickets are not sold on for more than their face value.’
    • ‘In sale and leaseback, capital is freed up to put into the main activities.’
    • ‘The London auction house set to sell the painting said it had withdrawn the picture from sale immediately.’
    • ‘Money from the share sale will be used to pay off debt and fund future productions.’
    • ‘The sale marked the first time a Chinese bank has sold assets that backed loans.’
    • ‘The land sale provided enough money to enable the council not only to buy a site suitable for the new school but also pay for its construction.’
    • ‘Check the terms and conditions of sale to ensure that your copyright is not infringed in any way.’
    • ‘Privatization without flotation on the stock market means either a management buy-out or sale by tender.’
    • ‘But the conditions of sale are quite clear that the tickets cannot be resold.’
    • ‘Mr Witham said the association will use the money from the property sale to buy a smaller, more modern property.’
    • ‘Some money from every sale goes towards the efforts of the Band Aid Trust in Africa.’
    • ‘In the case of the Archer family, the farmer needs all the money from the land sale to keep the farm going.’
    • ‘The money raised from its sale will be used to fund development projects.’
    • ‘We also expect sale and leaseback to prove popular as companies seek to realise maximum value from their assets.’
    • ‘I consider that it is important to achieve a sale quickly, as prices will probably be affected by the glut of sales.’
    • ‘The Gazette helped produce the calendar and all the money from its sale will go directly into the Lydia appeal fund.’
    • ‘Mr Noonan is hopeful that the building will generate a large sum of money from its sale.’
    selling, vending, disposal
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    1. 1.1A quantity or amount sold.
      ‘price cuts failed to boost sales’
      • ‘It seems that this year's photography sales have started pushing prices into areas once traditionally associated with paintings or sculpture.’
      • ‘The overall annual quantity of our beef sales to Egypt when translated into live cattle equivalent amounts to 450,000 animals.’
      • ‘Margiotta said figures for the current year would show increases and that sales at its new shop in Dundas Street were above target.’
      • ‘All divisions reported increased sales and either reduced losses or improved earnings.’
      • ‘The shop targets to achieve sales worth Rs.23 crores during the current financial year.’
      • ‘While Nan Fung achieved solid sales by cutting prices, market sources said other developers were unlikely to follow suit.’
      • ‘The fear is that corporate profits have been boosted by cost cutting, not increased sales and prices from a revival of the economy.’
      • ‘The company says that on an annualised basis it will reduce sales and marketing costs by £15 million a year.’
      • ‘Combine quick load times with great products as well as great prices and your sales will start to sky rocket.’
      • ‘The fall of the dollar has further weakened the company because the value of its US sales were reduced when converted back to euro.’
      • ‘Conflicting evidence suggests that swapping music either increases or reduces CD sales.’
      • ‘Marks and Spencer reported its first increase in quarterly clothing sales for nearly three years with sales in Irish shops still on the rise.’
      • ‘However, expectations are extremely high for the year ahead such that three of four repair shops are expecting sales to increase.’
      • ‘But when prices fall, sales generally increase, offsetting some of the decrease in revenue.’
      • ‘Over a period of time, the increase in sales starts to slow down and this is known as the maturity stage.’
      • ‘A survey released by the CBI has revealed that traders nationally are facing a slower festive period with sales not as high as last year.’
      • ‘If it is priced wisely, Octavia sales next year should increase even further.’
      • ‘Larger music companies say they'll reduce prices on the coolest CDs in an effort to boost sales and reduce piracy.’
      • ‘Imagined relationships are a part of the TV shopping channel experience that increases sales.’
      • ‘Profits in Spain and Poland were reduced by price cuts, and sales also slipped in Belgium and Ukraine.’
    2. 1.2The activity or business of selling products.
      ‘director of sales and marketing’
      • ‘The retail sales report can be compared to the sales activity of a publicly traded company.’
      • ‘Each of these groups has its own business manager, sales manager and product development manager.’
      • ‘We play but a support role in the most important aspect of the promotional products business: sales.’
  • 2A period during which a shop or dealer sells goods at reduced prices.

    ‘the January sales got under way this week’
    • ‘There are long, lingering closing down sales at the two rental shops nearest to my flat, and the local Blockbuster is emptier every time I go there.’
    • ‘Then (this is one from earlier today) I might be asked to choose a date for a chain of shops to start their sales.’
    • ‘The average price recorded from the time the sales started in the period under review was $1.89 per kilogramme.’
    deal, transaction, bargain, disposal
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    1. 2.1A public or charitable event at which goods are sold or auctioned.
      ‘a bric-a-brac sale will be held at St Cuthbert's Church Centre’
      • ‘Half of the total has been collected from auctions, sales, coffee mornings and other events at the church in Otley Road.’
      • ‘Fundraising events included a giant sale at Marshfield, lunches, jumble sales and coffee mornings.’
      • ‘KIND-hearted youngsters are organising a bring and buy sale to raise money.’
      • ‘She regularly holds sales and other fundraising events and has raised thousands of pounds.’
      • ‘The next fundraising event is an indoor sale to be held at Melksham Labour Club on February 22.’

Origin

Late Old English sala, from Old Norse sala, of Germanic origin; related to sell.

Pronunciation:

sale

/seɪl/