auction

noun
auc·​tion | \ ˈȯk-shən How to pronounce auction (audio) \

Definition of auction

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

auction

verb
auctioned; auctioning\ ˈȯk-​sh(ə-​)niŋ How to pronounce auctioning (audio) \

Definition of auction (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to sell at auction auctioned off his library

Examples of auction in a Sentence

Noun

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

Verb

They auctioned a similar desk last year. The house was auctioned last week.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

My reporting even took me to a car auction in Indianapolis, where one of Willie’s rides — a 1969 Dodge Charger known as the Duke and Duchess Daytona — fetched $203,500. Daniel Miller, latimes.com, "Man and myth: Uncovering the legend of Big Willie Robinson," 9 July 2019 The family-friendly event will feature a Hawaiian-style buffet and a dessert auction hosted by Todd Stephenson of Estate Warehouse. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Brother Benno’s plans luau fundraiser," 8 July 2019 The Napa program also receives support from local vintners, a large charity auction and a variety of federal and state funding sources. Jocelyn Wiener, SFChronicle.com, "Calif. counties inconsistent in offering critical treatment for early psychosis," 5 July 2019 The company used a complicated Dutch auction to determine which bidders got to buy the sandals and at what price. Erin Griffith, New York Times, "Buy Low-Tops, Sell High-Tops: StockX Sneaker Exchange Is Worth $1 Billion," 26 June 2019 Ligado: No need to worry A Ligado filing on Friday pointed out that NOAA's weather-balloon operations in the 1675-1680MHz are already being moved to different spectrum in order to accommodate the results of a previous FCC auction. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "FCC battles meteorologists again over plan to help wireless industry," 26 June 2019 More than a dozen farmers did not have their operating loans renewed for the coming year, according to a local lender, with at least one farmer losing it all and a land auction planned for the courthouse steps later this month. Author: Annie Gowen, Anchorage Daily News, "Farmers loyal to Trump struggle with impact of trade war," 24 June 2019 This Saturday, a Yankee Stadium auction will feature what could be the most expensive item of sports memorabilia ever sold: A 1920s-era jersey worn by the legendary Babe Ruth. NBC News, "'Reported attack' on tankers near Iran, Stanley Cup winner & Babe Ruth's jersey: The Morning Rundown," 13 June 2019 Another Saudi prince was said to have purchased the 500-year-old painting on MBS’s behalf at a 2017 Christie’s auction, the New York Times reported previously. Time, "That Missing $450 Million Da Vinci Painting Is Reportedly on Saudi Crown Prince MBS' Yacht," 10 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The company obtained the letter from Madonna's former art consultant Darlene Lutz and plans to auction it off to the highest bidder on July 17. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Madonna's famed break-up letter from Tupac to be auctioned," 11 July 2019 Emcee Clint Bell auctioned the right to name a month-old Safari Park giraffe for $13,000. San Diego Union-Tribune, "For the children," 1 July 2019 But the last of his paintings was auctioned on June 15 – World Giraffe Day – following Benghazi’s death in May. The giraffe was euthanized at the zoo after his quality of life declined because of lower back injuries. Liz Sanchez, The Mercury News, "How zoos help preserve the world’s species for the future," 23 June 2019 So the Federal Communications Commission has been working to clear these airwaves of old uses and auction them so they can be repurposed for new 5G service. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "Choosing the Wrong Lane in the Race to 5G," 10 June 2019 Ronald McDonald House Night at the Birmingham Barons is planned for Saturday, June 29 at 6:30 p.m. The Barons will auction off a special baseball jersey to benefit RMHCA. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al.com, "Ronald McDonald House sets goal for 40th anniversary," 8 June 2019 Corsano filed a report with the state that the car had been sold, and so did Lincoln Towing, the company that auctioned it. Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times, "‘Stuck until the end of time:’ How a story of a ghost Jaguar just keeps getting weirder," 18 May 2019 Joe’s daughter, Melissa Greenbacker Dziurgot, wept as most of the family’s herd of 300 cows was auctioned off a year ago. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, "Connecticut’s Farming Landscape Continues To Evolve," 25 June 2019 The flag, signed and flight-certified by Command Module pilot Michael Collins, was auctioned for $20,803. Fox News, "Apollo 11: 'Giant leap' photo signed by Neil Armstrong sells for $52G," 24 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'auction.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of auction

Noun

1595, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1723, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for auction

Noun

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about auction

Statistics for auction

Last Updated

14 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for auction

The first known use of auction was in 1595

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for auction

auction

noun

English Language Learners Definition of auction

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

auction

verb

English Language Learners Definition of auction (Entry 2 of 2)

: to sell (something) at an auction

auction

noun
auc·​tion | \ ˈȯk-shən How to pronounce auction (audio) \

Kids Definition of auction

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

auction

verb
auctioned; auctioning

Kids Definition of auction (Entry 2 of 2)

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

auction

noun
auc·​tion

Legal Definition of auction

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on auction

What made you want to look up auction? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to complain fretfully

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What's that Smell?! Quiz

  • wide eyed dog smelling rose
  • Someone who is hircine smells like a:
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!