from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A public sale in which property or items of merchandise are sold to the highest bidder.
- n. Games The bidding in bridge.
- n. Games Auction bridge.
- transitive v. To sell at or by an auction: auctioned off the remaining inventory.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A public event where goods or property are sold to the highest bidder.
- v. To sell at an auction.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A public sale of property to the highest bidder, esp. by a person licensed and authorized for the purpose; a vendue.
- n. The things sold by auction or put up to auction.
- transitive v. To sell by auction.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of increasing; increase; growth. Bailey.
- n. A public sale in which each bidder offers an increase on the previous bid, the highest bidder becoming the purchaser.
- n. The property or goods put up for sale at auction.
- To sell by auction: commonly used with off.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. sell at an auction
- n. the public sale of something to the highest bidder
- n. a variety of bridge in which tricks made in excess of the contract are scored toward game; now generally superseded by contract bridge
Latin auctiō, auctiōn-, from auctus, past participle of augēre, to increase; see aug- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin augere ("to increase"). (Wiktionary)