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noun mar·ket \ˈmär-kət\

Simple Definition of market

  • : a place where products are bought and sold

  • : a store where foods and often household items are sold

  • : an area (such as a country or part of a country) where a product or service can be sold

Full Definition of market

  1. 1 a (1) :  a meeting together of people for the purpose of trade by private purchase and sale and usually not by auction (2) :  the people assembled at such a meeting b (1) :  a public place where a market is held; especially :  a place where provisions are sold at wholesale <a farmers' market> (2) :  a retail establishment usually of a specified kind <a fish market>

  2. 2 archaic :  the act or an instance of buying and selling

  3. 3 :  the rate or price offered for a commodity or security

  4. 4 a (1) :  a geographic area of demand for commodities or services (2) :  a specified category of potential buyers <the youth market> b :  the course of commercial activity by which the exchange of commodities is effected :  extent of demand <the market is dull> c (1) :  an opportunity for selling <a good market for used cars> (2) :  the available supply of or potential demand for specified goods or services <the labor market> d :  the area of economic activity in which buyers and sellers come together and the forces of supply and demand affect prices <producing goods for market rather than for consumption>

in the market
  1. :  in the position of being a potential buyer <in the market for a house>

on the market
  1. :  available for purchase; also :  up for sale <put their house on the market>

Examples of market

  1. I stopped at the market on the way home for some juice.

  2. They are trying to develop foreign markets for American cotton.

  3. The company sells mainly to the Southern market.

  4. New markets are opening up all over the world.

  5. Advertisers are trying to appeal to the youth market.

  6. targeting a more mature market

  7. a reference work for the educational market

Origin of market

Middle English, probably from Continental Germanic; akin to Old Saxon markat marketplace, Old High German marcāt, both ultimately from Latin mercatus trade, marketplace, from mercari to trade, from merc-, merx merchandise

First Known Use: 12th century



verb mar·ket

Simple Definition of market

  • : to do things that cause people to know about and want to buy (something)

  • : to offer (something) for sale in a market

Full Definition of market

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to expose for sale in a market

  3. 2 :  sell

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to deal in a market

Examples of market

  1. The company has spent millions marketing the latest version of its software.

  2. These products are being aggressively marketed to teenagers through television ads.

  3. He markets his wares at craft shows.

15th Century

First Known Use of market

15th century

MARKET Defined for Kids



noun mar·ket \ˈmär-kət\

Definition of market

  1. 1 :  a public place where people gather to buy and sell things

  2. 2 :  a store where foods are sold to the public <a meat market>

  3. 3 :  a region in which something can be sold <markets for American cotton>

  4. 4 :  an opportunity for selling something <There's no market for snowplows in Florida.>



verb mar·ket

Definition of market


  1. :  to sell or promote the sale of <The shop markets local vegetables.>

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