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auctionnoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈɔːk.ʃən/ us   /ˈɑːk.ʃən/
C1 a usually public sale of goods or property, where people make higher and higher bids (= offers of money) for each thing, until the thing is sold to the person who will pay most: a furniture auction They're holding an auction of jewellery on Thursday. The painting will be sold at auction next week. The house and its contents are being put up for auction.

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auctionverb [T]

uk   /ˈɔːk.ʃən/ us   /ˈɑːk.ʃən/
(Definition of auction from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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auctionnoun [C/U]

us   /ˈɔk·ʃən/
a usually public sale of goods or property, where people make higher and higher bids (= offers of money) for each item, until there are no higher bids and it is sold for the most money offered: [C] an auction of early American furniture [U] bulls sold at auction
auction
verb [T] us   /ˈɔk·ʃən/
The artwork is being auctioned to benefit UNICEF.
(Definition of auction from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"auction" in Business English

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auctionnoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈɔːkʃən/ us   COMMERCE, E-COMMERCE
a public sale in which goods or property are sold to the person who offers the most money: sell sth at auction The painting was sold at auction for €12 million.hold an auction We held a charity auction in aid of the local hospital.be up/come up/go up/be put up for auction One of the prints recently came up for auction in the United States.an internet/online/public auction You can bid for it in an online auction.

auctionverb [T]

uk   /ˈɔːkʃən/ us   also auction off COMMERCE, E-COMMERCE
to sell something in a public auction: The stamps will be auctioned tomorrow. The family is auctioning off its art collection.
(Definition of auction from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “auction”
in Korean 경매…
in Arabic مَزاد عَلَني…
in Malaysian jualan lelong…
in French (vente aux) enchères…
in Russian аукцион…
in Chinese (Traditional) 拍賣…
in Italian asta…
in Turkish açıkartırma, mezat…
in Polish licytacja, aukcja…
in Spanish subasta, subastar…
in Vietnamese cuộc bán đấu giá…
in Portuguese leilão…
in Thai การขายโดยการประมูล…
in German die Auktion…
in Catalan subhasta…
in Japanese 競売, オークション…
in Chinese (Simplified) 拍卖…
in Indonesian lelang…
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