What does auction mean?

Definitions for auction
ˈɔk ʃənauc·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. auction, auction bridgenoun

    a variety of bridge in which tricks made in excess of the contract are scored toward game; now generally superseded by contract bridge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

    the public sale of something to the highest bidder

  3. auction, auction off, auctioneerverb

    sell at an auction

Wiktionary

  1. auctionnoun

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

  2. auctionverb

    To sell at an auction.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Auctionnoun

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

    Etymology: [L. auctio an increasing, a public sale, where the price was called out, and the article to be sold was adjudged to the last increaser of the price, or the highest bidder, fr. L. augere, auctum, to increase. See Augment.]

  2. Auctionnoun

    the things sold by auction or put up to auction

    Etymology: [L. auctio an increasing, a public sale, where the price was called out, and the article to be sold was adjudged to the last increaser of the price, or the highest bidder, fr. L. augere, auctum, to increase. See Augment.]

  3. Auctionverb

    to sell by auction

    Etymology: [L. auctio an increasing, a public sale, where the price was called out, and the article to be sold was adjudged to the last increaser of the price, or the highest bidder, fr. L. augere, auctum, to increase. See Augment.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Auction

    awk′shun, n. a public sale in which the bidder offers an increase on the price offered by another, and the articles go to him who bids highest.—v.t. to sell by auction.—adj. Auc′tionary.—n. Auctioneer′, one who is licensed to sell by auction.—v.t. to sell by auction.—Dutch auction, a kind of mock auction at which the salesman starts at a high price, and comes down till he meets a bidder. [L. auction-em, an increasing—augēre, auctum, to increase.]

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of auction in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of auction in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of auction in a Sentence

  1. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin:

    The antiquities are then offered to collectors from various countries, generally through Internet auction sites such as eBay and specialized online stores.

  2. Meron Eren:

    Surprisingly, this letter came from a collector in Israel who probably bought it at an auction in Europe ten or 20 years ago.

  3. James Knight:

    It is the first time such a car is being offered at public auction, buyers want a car to have had few owners, a service handbook and a low odometer reading.

  4. Darren Julien:

    It's really an eclectic auction of a lot of items from Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, Madonna, so many items to choose from pop culture history, we anticipate the entire auction could bring in somewhere between 2 and 4 million dollars.

  5. Gary Zimet:

    It's not an auction. It's a private sale. First come, first served.

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