auction

noun
auc·tion | \ˈȯk-shən \

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\-sh(ə-)niŋ \

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.
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After the auction, 550 Seabreeze will ask U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Raymond B. Ray in Fort Lauderdale to approve the sale at a hearing next month. David Lyons, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Stalled Las Olas Ocean Resort project set for Aug. 15 bankruptcy auction," 13 July 2018 Depending on how the auction for Sky plays out, Comcast could decide to focus its efforts on the European operator and drop its pursuit of Fox’s assets, people familiar with the matter said. Shalini Ramachandran, WSJ, "Comcast’s Pursuit of Fox Just Got Tougher," 13 July 2018 The eBay auction began Thursday afternoon and ends at 3:30 p.m. July 22. Boyce Garrison, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Boltman decides to bolt; costume & rights for sale," 12 July 2018 The auction has been live since July 6, will end of July 17. Atreya Verma, azcentral, "NBA Summer League auction to raise funds for Las Vegas shooting victims," 12 July 2018 After the auction and appeal, LaBelle walked onstage to wild applause. Candace Jordan, chicagotribune.com, "Patti LaBelle, 'Godmother of Soul,' lights up Ingalls Benefit Show," 3 July 2018 Derek Boyd is getting ready for his first date auction. Krislyn Placide, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Recipient of Make-A-Wish holiday now helps grant wishes," 12 July 2018 Instead of swapping miles for a flight, customers at United Airlines could use them to buy or bid on experiences, like a recent auction promising a trip to London with a chance to be an extra in an upcoming Spider-Man film. Lauren Zumbach, chicagotribune.com, "The new way to use your airline miles: Bears tickets, fancy meals and a walk-on role in a movie," 10 July 2018 The Harford County government put tax liens on 620 properties up for sale at its annual delinquent payment auction Monday, recouping $828,376.97 on 597 accounts, according to county officials. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Harford County recoups more than $828,000 in annual tax lien sale," 19 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The building at 901 Commerce was inundated by Hurricane Harvey flood waters, and the restaurant operator began auctioning items from the building late last year. Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle, "Historic downtown building, long home to Spaghetti Warehouse, sells to developer," 10 July 2018 Mohr lowered the ceiling height by 24 centimeters and replaced the units’ kitchen and stairs with designs that had been auctioned off from the Marseille building. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Architect renovates Unité d’Habitation apartment to complete Le Corbusier’s original vision," 21 June 2018 Oakes is a master at not only putting together the 14 packages that were auctioned live, but in getting the right people in the room to donate. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Meals on Wheels gala raises record $3.3 million," 21 May 2018 The chain has held going-out-of business sales at its stores and plans to auction off its name but struggled to find a buyer for the 550-pound statue, mainly because of the expense of removing and transporting it. BostonGlobe.com, "Saddleback Mountain buyer accused of bilking investor," 21 June 2018 The chain has held going-out-of business sales at its stores and plans to auction off its name but struggled to find a buyer for the 550-pound fiberglass statue, mainly because of the expense associated with removing and transporting it. Fortune, "Toys 'R' Us Mascot, Orphaned by Bankruptcy, Finds Home," 16 June 2018 Buy Photo The investors fighting chef Jose Garces’ plan to auction off his restaurant business have filed an appeal in federal court to try to stop the sale and overturn a ruling Garces won last month in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "Investors file appeal to block Garces auction," 8 June 2018 Tax liens on the house had been auctioned to investors, and a foreclosure case proceeded through Baltimore Circuit Court. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Collapse: The rise and deadly fall of a Baltimore rowhouse," 12 July 2018 And in January, U.S. marshals auctioned off $52 million worth of bitcoin, seized from drug dealers. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Authorities Seize $5.2 Million in Cryptocurrency Following Europe's Largest LSD Bust," 28 June 2018

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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

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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 \

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

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