Definitions for auctionˈɔk ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

auc•tionˈɔk ʃən(n.)

  1. Ref: Also called public sale.

  2. the bidding in bridge or other games.

    Category: Games

    Ref: auction bridge.

  3. (v.t.)to sell by auction (often fol. by off):

    to auction off one's furniture.

Origin of auction:

1585–95; < L auctiō=aug(ēre) to increase, see augment+-tiō -tion

Princeton's WordNet

  1. auction, auction bridge(noun)

    a variety of bridge in which tricks made in excess of the contract are scored toward game; now generally superseded by contract bridge

  2. auction, auction sale, vendue(verb)

    the public sale of something to the highest bidder

  3. auction, auction off, auctioneer(verb)

    sell at an auction

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. auction(noun)ˈɔk ʃən

    an official public sale

    people buying art at an auction


  1. auction(Noun)

    A public event where goods or property are sold to the highest bidder.

  2. auction(Verb)

    To sell at an auction.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Auction(noun)

    a public sale of property to the highest bidder, esp. by a person licensed and authorized for the purpose; a vendue

  2. Auction(noun)

    the things sold by auction or put up to auction

  3. Auction(verb)

    to sell by auction


  1. Auction

    An auction is a process of buying and selling goods or services by offering them up for bid, taking bids, and then selling the item to the highest bidder. In economic theory, an auction may refer to any mechanism or set of trading rules for exchange.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'auction' in Nouns Frequency: #2348

Anagrams of auction

  1. caution

Translations for auction

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a public sale in which each thing is sold to the person who offers the highest price

They held an auction; He sold the house by auction.

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