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Definition of auction verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

auction

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈɔːkʃn//
 
, BrE//ˈɒkʃn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːkʃn//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they auction
BrE BrE//ˈɔːkʃn//
 
, BrE//ˈɒkʃn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːkʃn//
 
he / she / it auctions
BrE BrE//ˈɔːkʃnz//
 
, BrE//ˈɒkʃnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːkʃnz//
 
past simple auctioned
BrE BrE//ˈɔːkʃnd//
 
, BrE//ˈɒkʃnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːkʃnd//
 
past participle auctioned
BrE BrE//ˈɔːkʃnd//
 
, BrE//ˈɒkʃnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːkʃnd//
 
-ing form auctioning
BrE BrE//ˈɔːkʃnɪŋ//
 
, BrE//ˈɒkʃnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːkʃnɪŋ//
 
 
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[usually passive] auction something to sell something at an auction The costumes from the movie are to be auctioned for charity. Word Origin late 16th cent.: from Latin auctio(n-) ‘increase, auction’, from the verb augere ‘to increase’. Phrasal Verbsauction somethingoff
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: auction