- 1A public sale in which goods or property are sold to the highest bidder: the books are expected to fetch a six-figure sum at tomorrow’s auctionMore example sentences
- They were going to sell her TV and furniture at a public auction.
- Sales through public auctions could begin as early as the beginning of next year.
- The well-established tradition for farmers to take the livestock for sale to their local auction market is now under threat.
- 1.1 [mass noun] The action or process of selling something to the highest bidder: the Ferrari sold at auction for £10 millionMore example sentences
- This was because after her death, her collection was sold at auction and only a few items remained or were bought back.
- A copy of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic has been sold at auction for almost 400,000 euros.
- The valuables could be identified immediately if a thief tries to sell them at auction.
- 2 Bridge The part of the play in which players bid to decide the contract in which the hand shall be played.More example sentences
- Each player bids until one wins the auction and gets the contract.
- Each hand begins with an auction in which players can bid a contract that they are prepared to play.
- The player who prevailed in the auction becomes declarer, and the final bid determines the contract.
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- Sell or offer for sale at an auction: the painting was auctioned at Christie’sMore example sentences
- The amount obtained by auctioning the paintings will be contributed to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund.
- I wonder if Christie's, where he is deputy chairman, will be auctioning the painting?
- He added that many of the paintings had not been auctioned before which made them particularly attractive to collectors.
late 16th century: from Latin auctio(n-) 'increase, auction', from the verb augere 'to increase'.
More definitions of auctionDefinition of auction in:
- The US English dictionary