Auction - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈɔːkʃn|  American pronunciation of the word auction
Brit.  |ˈɔːkʃ(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word auction


- a variety of bridge in which tricks made in excess of the contract are scored toward game; now generally superseded by contract bridge
- the public sale of something to the highest bidder (syn: vendue)


- sell at an auction (syn: auctioneer)


She bought the desk at an auction.

He made several bids at the auction.

They auctioned a similar desk last year.

The house was auctioned last week.

We bought these items at an auction.

They sold their house by auction.

It was sad to see all grandmother's things being auctioned off.

The house was sold at auction.

This week 14 of his paintings were put up for auction.

Primary dealers underwrite all government bonds put up for auction.

The car was auctioned for $48,600.

This table should fetch quite a bit at auction.

She consigned the painting to an auction house.

...a charity auction of works by some of the town's more socially prominent Sunday painters...

It was sad to see grandmother's lovely old things coming up for auction.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: auction
he/she/it: auctions
present participle: auctioning
past tense: auctioned
past participle: auctioned
singular: auction
plural: auctions
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