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auction

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noun auc·tion \ˈȯk-shən\

Definition of auction

  1. 1 :  a sale of property to the highest bidder

  2. 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.

Origin and Etymology of auction

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


First Known Use: 1595


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auction

verb auc·tion

Definition of auction

auctioned

auctioning

play \-sh(ə-)niŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. :  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.

Circa 1798

First Known Use of auction

circa 1798



AUCTION Defined for English Language Learners

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auction

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noun auc·tion \ˈȯk-shən\

Definition of auction for English Language Learners

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


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auction

verb auc·tion

Definition of auction for English Language Learners

  • : to sell (something) at an auction


AUCTION Defined for Kids

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auction

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noun auc·tion \ˈȯk-shən\

Definition of auction for Students

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


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auction

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verb auc·tion

Definition of auction for Students

auctioned

auctioning

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


Law Dictionary

auction

noun auc·tion

Legal Definition of auction

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



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