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auction

noun auc·tion \ ˈȯk-shən \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of auction

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

Examples of auction in a Sentence

  1. She bought the desk at an auction.

  2. He made several bids at the auction.

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Origin and Etymology of auction

Latin auction-, auctio, from augēre to increase — more at eke


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auction

verb

Definition of auction

auctioned; auctioning play \-sh(ə-)niŋ\
transitive verb
:to sell at auction
  • auctioned off his library

Examples of auction in a Sentence

  1. They auctioned a similar desk last year.

  2. The house was auctioned last week.

Recent Examples of auction from the Web

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First Known Use of auction

1723



AUCTION Defined for English Language Learners

auction

noun

Definition of auction for English Language Learners

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


auction

verb

Definition of auction for English Language Learners

  • : to sell (something) at an auction


AUCTION Defined for Kids

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auction

noun auc·tion \ ˈȯk-shən \

Definition of auction for Students

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

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auction

verb

Definition of auction for Students

auctioned; auctioning
:to sell at an auction The art was auctioned today.

Law Dictionary

auction

noun auc·tion

legal Definition of auction

:a public sale of property to the highest bidder — see also reserve


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