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 for Auction
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Auction \Auc"tion\, n. [L. auctio an increasing, a public sale,
     where the price was called out, and the article to be sold
     was adjudged to the last increaser of the price, or the
     highest bidder, fr. L. augere, auctum, to increase. See
     Augment.]
     1. A public sale of property to the highest bidder, esp. by a
        person licensed and authorized for the purpose; a vendue.
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     2. The things sold by auction or put up to auction.
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              Ask you why Phryne the whole auction buys ? --Pope.
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     Note: In the United States, the more prevalent expression has
           been "sales at auction," that is, by an increase of
           bids (Lat. auctione). This latter form is preferable.
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     Dutch auction, the public offer of property at a price
        beyond its value, then gradually lowering the price, till
        some one accepts it as purchaser. --P. Cyc.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Auction \Auc"tion\, v. t.
     To sell by auction.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  auction
      n 1: a variety of bridge in which tricks made in excess of the
           contract are scored toward game; now generally superseded
           by contract bridge [syn: auction, auction bridge]
      2: the public sale of something to the highest bidder [syn:
         auction, auction sale, vendue]
      v 1: sell at an auction [syn: auction, auction off,
           auctioneer]

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  AUCTION, commerce, contract. A public sale of property to the highest
  bidder. Among the Romans this kind of sale, was made by a crier under a
  spear (sub hasta) stuck in the ground.
       2. Auctions are generally held by express authority, and the person who
  conducts them is licensed to do so under various regulations.
       3. The manner of conducting an auction is immaterial; whether it be by
  public outcry or by any other manner. The essential part is the selection of
  a purchaser from a number of bidders. In a case where a woman continued
  silent during the whole time of the sale, but whenever anyone bid she gave
  him a glass of brandy, and when the sale broke up, the person who received
  the last glass of brandy was taken into a private room, and he was declared
  to be the purchaser; this was adjudged to be an auction. 1 Dow. 115.
       4. The law requires fairness in auction sales, and when a puffer is
  employed to raise the property offered for sale on bona fide bidders, or a
  combination is entered into between two or more persons not to overbid each
  other, the contract may in general be avoided. Vide Puffer, and 6 John. R.
  194; 8 John. R. 444; 3 John. Cas. 29; Cowp. 395; 6 T. R. 642; Harr. Dig.
  Sale, IV.; and the article Conditions Sale. Vide Harr. Dig. Sale, IV.; 13
  Price, R. 76; M'Clel. R. 25; 6 East, R. 392; 5 B. & A. 257; S. C. 2 Stark.
  R. 295; 1 Esp. R. 340; 5 Esp. R. 103 4 Taunt. R. 209; 1 H. Bl. R. 81; 2
  Chit. R. 253; Cowp. R. 395; 1 Bouv. Inst., n. 976.
  
  

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