Definition of sale in English:

sale

noun

  • 1The exchange of a commodity for money; the action of selling something.

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    • ‘The London auction house set to sell the painting said it had withdrawn the picture from sale immediately.’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

    ‘a clearance sale’
    • ‘The average price recorded from the time the sales started in the period under review was $1.89 per kilogramme.’
    • ‘Then (this is one from earlier today) I might be asked to choose a date for a chain of shops to start their sales.’
    • ‘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.’
    deal, transaction, bargain, disposal
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    1. 2.1[often with modifier] A public or charitable event at which goods are sold.
      • ‘Half of the total has been collected from auctions, sales, coffee mornings and other events at the church in Otley Road.’
      • ‘The next fundraising event is an indoor sale to be held at Melksham Labour Club on February 22.’
      • ‘Fundraising events included a giant sale at Marshfield, lunches, jumble sales and coffee mornings.’
      • ‘She regularly holds sales and other fundraising events and has raised thousands of pounds.’
      • ‘KIND-hearted youngsters are organising a bring and buy sale to raise money.’
      fete, fair, jumble sale, bring-and-buy sale, car boot sale, carnival
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    2. 2.2 A public auction.
      • ‘The fundraiser will also feature music by a number of local artists as well as a silent auction and art sale.’
      • ‘Any remaining items will go to the auction mart furniture sale on Wednesday, June 6.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

sale

/sāl/