- to sell by auction (often followed by off): He auctioned off his furniture.
Origin of auction
Examples from the Web for auctioned
Skinny tie tells me that it was found in a storage locker in 2011 and auctioned for $2.1 million.The Holy Grail of Comic Books Hid in Plain Site at New York Comic Con
October 14, 2014
In early December she auctioned herself off for $10,000 to make and serve dinner at her home for 10 people .Rita Moreno, SAG Life Achievement Award Winner, Talks Brando, Elvis And West Side Story
January 15, 2014
During the evening items were auctioned to raise funds including rare Islamic gold and silver coins and a polo weekend.Harry Makes A Million Dollars In One Night For Charity
October 9, 2013
On September 17th, the elaborate home will be auctioned off at a bancruptcy auction run by Fisher Auction Company.Rihanna Goes Gray; Donatella Versace Inspires 'Only God Forgives' Character
The Fashion Beast Team
July 18, 2013
A group of unseen watercolor fruit studies by Salvador Dalí are going to be auctioned on June 18 at Bonham's in London.Unseen Dalí Paintings Up For Auction
June 17, 2013
Yes, madam, everything: they are all to be auctioned at Dycer's to-day.Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
"Never knew a parrot to be auctioned off before," he told Jerry.Jerry's Charge Account
Hazel Hutchins Wilson
If auctioned off, he thought he might have brought somewhat more.
When they auctioned them off they would come, pick out what they wanted to sell next and fill them blocks again.
These are taken to Ghijiga, and there auctioned off to the highest bidder.In Search of a Siberian Klondike
Homer B. Hulbert
- a public sale of goods or property, esp one in which prospective purchasers bid against each other until the highest price is reachedCompare Dutch auction
- the competitive calls made in bridge and other games before play begins, undertaking to win a given number of tricks if a certain suit is trumps
- See auction bridge
- (tr often foll by off) to sell by auction
Word Origin and History for auctioned
"a sale by increase of bids," 1590s, from Latin auctionem (nominative auctio) "an increasing sale, auction, public sale," noun of action from past participle stem of augere "to increase," from PIE root *aug- "to increase" (see augment). In northern England and Scotland, called a roup. In the U.S., something is sold at auction; in England, by auction.
1807, from auction (n.). Related: Auctioned; auctioning.