Auction

  • 1 auction — auc·tion n: a public sale of property to the highest bidder see also reserve Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. auction …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 auction — [ôk′shən] n. [L auctio, an increasing, sale by increase of bids < auctus, pp. of augere, to increase: see WAX2] 1. a public sale at which items are sold one by one, each going to the last and highest of a series of competing bidders 2. AUCTION …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 Auction — Auc tion, n. [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}.] 1. A… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 auction — (n.) a sale by increase of bids, 1590s, from L. auctionem (nom. auctio) an increasing sale, auction, public sale, noun of action from pp. stem of augere to increase, from PIE root *aug to increase (see AUGMENT (Cf. augment)). In northern England… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 auction — ► NOUN ▪ a public sale in which goods or property are sold to the highest bidder. ► VERB ▪ sell at an auction. ORIGIN Latin, increase, auction , from augere to increase …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 Auction — Auc tion, v. t. To sell by auction. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 7 Auctĭon — (v. lat.), die öffentliche Versteigerung verkäuflicher Dinge; eine schon den Römern bekannte Art, Sachen in Geld umzusetzen. Sie ward bekannt gemacht durch einen Ausrufer (Praeco) od. einen schriftlichen Anschlag (Libellusauctionarius,… …

    Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • 8 Auction — Auction, Versteigerung, Gant, der öffentliche Verkauf an den Meistbietenden; auctionis lege, durch öffentliche Versteigerung; auctioniren, versteigern; Auctionator, wer die Versteigerung besorgt, überall obrigkeitlich verpflichtete Personen …

    Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • 9 auction — [n] competitive sale; sale by bid bargain, jam*, sell off; concepts 324,345 …

    New thesaurus

  • 10 Auction — Auctioneer redirects here. For the DC Comics supervillain, see Auctioneer (comics). An auctioneer and her assistants scan the crowd for bidders. An auction is a process of buying and selling goods or services by offering them up for bid, taking… …

    Wikipedia

  • 11 auction — A common method of issuing gilts. Similar to a tender offer. In an auction, investors apply to buy the new gilts being issued, specifying the amount they wish to purchase and the price they are prepared to pay. The new gilts will be issued to… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 12 auction — n. 1) to hold an auction 2) an auction takes place 3) to put smt. up for auction 4) a public auction 5) at (an) auction; by auction (we bought these items at an auction; they sold their house by auction) * * * [ ɔːkʃ(ə)n] by auction (we bought… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 13 auction — auctionable, adj. auctionary, adj. /awk sheuhn/, n. 1. Also called public sale. a publicly held sale at which property or goods are sold to the highest bidder. 2. Cards. a. See auction bridge. b. (in bridge or certain other games) the competitive …

    Universalium

  • 14 auction — I UK [ˈɔːkʃ(ə)n] / US [ˈɔkʃ(ə)n] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms auction : singular auction plural auctions * a) a public occasion when things are sold to the people who offer the most money for them at auction: They bought the paintings… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 auction — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ public ▪ charity ▪ Internet, online ▪ reverse (esp. AmE), sealed bid (esp. AmE), sealed offer ( …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 16 auction — auc|tion1 [ ɔkʃən ] noun count or uncount * a public occasion when things are sold to the people who offer the most money for them: at auction: They bought the paintings at auction in 1989. up for auction (=being sold at an auction): The house is …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 auction — 01. A painting by Vincent van Gogh was recently sold for $35 million in an [auction] in England. 02. The [auctioneers] figure that my antique couch may sell for over $1,000. 03. My mom wanted to buy this kitchen table we saw at the [auction], but …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 18 auction — auc|tion1 [ˈo:kʃən US ˈo:k ] n [U and C] [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: auctio increase , from augere ( AUGMENT); because the money offered increases] a public meeting where land, buildings, paintings etc are sold to the person who offers the …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 auction — [[t]ɔ͟ːkʃ(ə)n[/t]] ♦♦♦ auctions, auctioning, auctioned 1) N VAR: oft for/at N, N n An auction is a public sale where goods are sold to the person who offers the highest price. Lord Salisbury bought the picture at auction in London some years ago …

    English dictionary

  • 20 auction — / ɔ:kʃən/ noun a method of selling goods where people make bids, and the item is sold to the person who makes the highest offer ● The equipment was sold by auction or at auction. ● Their furniture will be sold in the auction rooms next week. ●… …

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