auction

In an auction, items are sold without price tags––whoever bids the highest gets to buy it, whether it’s a painting, a car, or a set of old dishes.

You can hold an auction, or auction something. You might have seen auction scenes in classy old movies where the characters bid on paintings by politely raising their hands as the auctioneer calls out a price. Auctions aren’t always high-fallutin’, though. Many cities auction off cars they’ve confiscated from drug dealers or thieves.

Primary Meanings of auction

1.
nv
the public sale of something to the highest bidder
sell at an auction
2.
n
a variety of bridge in which tricks made in excess of the contract are scored toward game; now generally superseded by contract bridge
Full Definitions of auction
1

n the public sale of something to the highest bidder

Synonyms:
auction sale, vendue
Type of:
sale
the general activity of selling

v sell at an auction

Synonyms:
auction off, auctioneer
Type of:
sell
exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent
2

n a variety of bridge in which tricks made in excess of the contract are scored toward game; now generally superseded by contract bridge

Synonyms:
auction bridge
Type of:
bridge
any of various card games based on whist for four players

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