af·​ter·​mar·​ket | \ˈaf-tər-ˌmär-kət \

Definition of aftermarket 

1 : the market for parts and accessories used in the repair or enhancement of a product (such as an automobile)

2 : a secondary market available after sales in the original market are finished a movie in the videocassette aftermarket

3 : the market for a stock following its initial public offering when its shares can be freely traded among investors

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Now, Zero is selling an aftermarket Charge Tank system that dealerships can install on bikes that weren’t fitted from the factory. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Here Is Zero's New Lineup of 2019 Electric Motorcycles," 23 Oct. 2018 If your vehicle doesn’t include a roof rack, then an aftermarket system will be needed and should be considered in the overall price of the system. Gary Garth, USA TODAY, "Gear review: A tent that mounts on top of your car," 25 Apr. 2018 Perhaps no aftermarket vehicle add-on is as connected to a city as spinners are to Houston. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "The national media is obsessed with Houston's slabs and swangas," 21 Mar. 2018 The AAA Foundation commissioned Strayer, a professor of cognition and neural science at the University of Utah, to compare two aftermarket modes of communication with the ones the manufacturers install in their cars on the assembly line. Ashley Halsey Iii,, "Apple CarPlay, Android Auto safer and quicker to use than automakers' systems, according to AAA study," 28 June 2018 That dictated widening the front track by six inches, fitting a suspension system that would have cost $10,000 in the aftermarket, and adding unique bodywork to cover the widened front. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "The Best Trucks for Any Budget," 19 June 2018 But in aftermarket trading, Samsung BioLogics shares tumbled 9.9% before activity was halted by the Korea Exchange. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, "South Korea Regulator Says Samsung BioLogics Violated Accounting Rules," 12 July 2018 Brand-name aftermarket pads are just as good — and sometimes better — than OEM. Bob Weber,, "Brake check: Aftermarket brake pads as good as automaker's, and cheaper," 4 Feb. 2018 Manufacturers and aftermarket specialists will showcase their latest innovations and technology; auto enthusiasts can admire a rainbow of muscle cars, classic coups and retro rigs; and yes, there’ll be drag-racing. Noon-8 p.m. Free to spectate. Courtney Devores, charlotteobserver, "Your 5-minute guide to the best things to do in Charlotte | June 15-21," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of aftermarket

1887, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for aftermarket

after- + market entry 1

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