I was looking though a list of ready-phrases for a shopping situation and encountered this one:

It is on sale.

What does it mean?

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    Have you looked up sale in a dictionary? What did you find confusing about the definitions there? – oerkelens Feb 26 '15 at 8:10
  • @oerkelens In some sources I find that it's just a synonim to "for sale". In other sources it is a synonym to "at a discounted price". So I wanna know for sure. – Denis Kulagin Feb 26 '15 at 8:13
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    It can mean either - but the usual meaning is that it is for sale at a reduced price. To be sure, you need context. – oerkelens Feb 26 '15 at 8:28
  • @oerkelens Great explanation. Why not convert it to an answer? – Denis Kulagin Feb 26 '15 at 8:31
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    Because it is more or less how dictionary definitions work... if a word (or expression) has several meanings, the correct meaning has to be provided by context. – oerkelens Feb 26 '15 at 8:33

It means that the item is offered at a reduced or discounted price for a limited period.

Contrast "for sale", which merely means the item is available for purchase.

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