auction etymology

English word auction comes from Proto-Indo-European *h₂weg-, and later Proto-Italic *augeō (To enlarge. To increase.)

Detailed word origin of auction

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*h₂weg- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*h₂owg-éye- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*augeō Proto-Italic (itc-pro) To enlarge. To increase.
augeo Latin (lat) (figuratively) I exalt, praise. I enlarge, spread, expand. I exaggerate. I honor, enrich. I increase, augment. I lengthen.
auction English (eng) A public event where goods or property are sold to the highest bidder. To sell at an auction.

Words with the same origin as auction

Descendants of *h₂weg-
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