- If you auction off something, you sell it to the person who offers the most money for it, often at an auction.
[V P n (not pron)] Any fool could auction off a factory full of engineering machinery...
[V n P] They take drug dealers' boats, cars and houses and auction them off after the crooks are convicted.
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auction off — verb sell at an auction • Syn: ↑auction, ↑auctioneer • Derivationally related forms: ↑auctioneer (for: ↑auctioneer), ↑auction (for: ↑ … Useful english dictionary
auction off — verb To sell something at an auction. I took your advice and auctioned off that old painting. Youll never believe I got over 2,000 pounds for it! … Wiktionary
auction off — sell at an auction, sell to the highest bidder … English contemporary dictionary
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
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
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
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
auction — /ˈɒkʃən / (say okshuhn) noun 1. a public sale at which property or goods are sold to the highest bidder. 2. Cards (in bridge or certain other games) the competitive bidding to fix a contract that a player or players undertake to fulfil. –verb (t) … Australian English dictionary
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
auction — auc•tion [[t]ˈɔk ʃən[/t]] n. 1) Also called public sale a publicly held sale at which property or goods are sold to the highest bidder. 2) gam a) auction bridge b) gam the bidding in bridge or other games 3) to sell by auction (often fol. by off) … From formal English to slang