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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The auction begins on Thanksgiving Day and closes on Dec. 14. Scott Boeck, USA TODAY, "Babe Ruth's 500th home run bat goes on sale at auction," 28 Nov. 2019 In the lead up to the auction, European Jewish Association (EJA) Chairman Rabbi Menachem Margolin wrote letters to the leaders of all German mainstream political parties urging them to stop the sales. Allen Kim, CNN, "A wealthy businessman bought up Hitler memorabilia then handed it over to a Jewish group," 26 Nov. 2019 The auction, which opened Tuesday, runs until Dec. 2. Fox News, "UFO photos made famous by 'The X-Files' surface, up for auction," 26 Nov. 2019 The winner of the auction was Ethiopian business owner Alem Nuguse, according to multiple local media outlets. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville night club Trixie's has been sold. What's next for the site?," 22 Nov. 2019 The auction is set to start on December 3, Giving Tuesday, and will continue until December 17. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "You Can Now Buy Hugsy, the Famous “Friends” Couch, and Other Props From the Show and I Need it All," 20 Nov. 2019 The three previous auctions pulled in $12.14 million. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Sold! Latest auction brings totals from Neil Armstrong's belongings to $14.69 million," 19 Nov. 2019 The auction will feature 100 lots, spanning all 10 seasons of Friends, with many of the items plucked directly from the Warner Bros. archive. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Friends props, costumes, and studio reproductions headed to auction," 19 Nov. 2019 The auction comes after news broke that a possible Friends reunion is in the works. Jodi Guglielmi, PEOPLE.com, "Friends Props and Costumes (Like Hugsy the Penguin!) to Be Auctioned Off for LGBTQ Charity," 19 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Will those great works find their way to public display or be auctioned off to fund other initiatives? oregonlive, "What happened to Paul Allen’s billions, a year after his death? It’s not clear," 28 Nov. 2019 The agency’s microwave sounders operate at a frequency of 23.6 to 24 GHz, which is close to the frequency that the FCC auctioned off the use of for about $2 billion beginning this past March. Andrew Freedman, Washington Post, "Global 5G deal poses significant threat to weather forecast accuracy, experts warn," 22 Nov. 2019 Hermann Historica has a history of auctioning off Nazi memorabilia. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Hitler's tophat and Nazi memorabilia are up for auction. Critics say it 'glorifies' Nazis," 21 Nov. 2019 Some stones were kept on display in Paris museums, but other pieces were auctioned off in a historic—and controversial— sale in May 1887. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Christie's is Auctioning Jewels Belonging to Eugénie, the Last Empress of France," 19 Nov. 2019 Other migrants have been kidnapped in Libya and auctioned to farmers as slaves. The Economist, "Low-skilled migrantsWhen a worker migrates, a family benefits," 14 Nov. 2019 Ratterman said a Tippecanoe battle sword owned by Harrison was discovered missing from the Cincinnati Historical Society in 1979 and that the missing sword appeared to match the one Kochan was auctioning off. Steven Goode, courant.com, "‘The last thing I wanted ... was to be hauled out in cuffs.’ Seizure of historic battle sword puts Windsor police at center of antiques controversy," 9 Nov. 2019 Previously, Texas’ K-9 cops had to be euthanized or auctioned off upon reaching retirement. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Texas’ Retired Police Dogs No Longer Have to Be Sold or Euthanized," 7 Nov. 2019 The kingdom lived on, though Nast’s possessions were auctioned off to service debts from the crash. Kyle Chayka, The New Republic, "The Transformation of Condé Nast," 21 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of auction was in 1595

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1 Dec 2019

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“Auction.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/auctioned. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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More Definitions for auction

auction

noun
How to pronounce auction (audio)

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

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