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1. Available, as for purchase or acquisition. We have a wide range of craft beers on sale, including some from our own in-house microbrewery. There's a car on sale down the road for only $2,000.
2. Offered at a discounted price for a certain, limited period of time. Primarily heard in US, Ireland. This weekend only, we've got a huge range of appliance and electronics on sale. I saw in the paper that the grocery store has slow cookers on sale—maybe we should go pick one up.
available for sale at a reduced price. (Always implies lower than usual sale price.) These pots are on sale for $20. I bought these pants on sale for half price.
At a reduced price, as in These rugs have been on sale for a month. The use of sale for disposing of goods at lowered prices dates from about 1860.
1 available to be bought, especially in a shop/store: Tickets are on sale from the booking office. ♢ The new model goes on sale next month.
2 (especially American English) being offered at a reduced price: All video equipment is on sale today and tomorrow.
1. Available to customers: That vegetable should be on sale at your local grocery.
2. Available to customers at a special discount: Bathing suits are on sale.