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1auction

noun auc·tion \ˈk-shən\

: a public sale at which things are sold to the people who offer to pay the most

Full Definition of AUCTION

1
:  a sale of property to the highest bidder
2
:  the act or process of bidding in some card games
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Examples of AUCTION

  1. She bought the desk at an auction.
  2. He made several bids at the auction.

Origin of AUCTION

Latin auction-, auctio, from augēre to increase — more at eke
First Known Use: 1595

2auction

verb

: to sell (something) at an auction

auc·tionedauc·tion·ing\-sh(ə-)niŋ\

Full Definition of AUCTION

transitive verb
:  to sell at auction <auctioned off his library>

Examples of AUCTION

  1. They auctioned a similar desk last year.
  2. The house was auctioned last week.

First Known Use of AUCTION

circa 1798
AUCTIONING Defined for Kids

1auction

noun auc·tion \ˈk-shən\

Definition of AUCTION for Kids

:  a public sale at which things are sold to those who offer to pay the most

2auction

verb
auc·tionedauc·tion·ing

Definition of AUCTION for Kids

:  to sell at an auction <The art was auctioned today.>

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