black-market

verb
black-mar·​ket | \ ˈblak-ˈmär-kət How to pronounce black-market (audio) \
black-marketed; black-marketing; black-markets

Definition of black-market

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to buy or sell goods in the black market

transitive verb

: to sell in the black market

black market

noun

Definition of black market (Entry 2 of 2)

: illicit trade in goods or commodities in violation of official regulations also : a place where such trade is carried on

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Verb

black marketer or black marketeer \ ˈblak-​ˌmär-​kə-​ˈtir How to pronounce black market (audio) \ noun
black marketeering \ ˈblak-​ˌmär-​kə-​ˈtir-​iŋ How to pronounce black market (audio) \ noun

Examples of black-market in a Sentence

Noun The black market in prescription drugs is thriving. They unloaded the stolen goods on the black market.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But some growers and processers remain outside the law, joined by a recent influx of outsiders in Jackson and Josephine counties who seek large profits by selling on the black market outside of Oregon while avoiding state taxes and regulations. CBS News, 14 Oct. 2021 But some growers and processers remain outside the law, joined by a recent influx of outsiders in Jackson and Josephine counties who seek large profits by selling on the black market outside of Oregon while avoiding state taxes and regulations. oregonlive, 13 Oct. 2021 As the bodies are being counted, the new U.S. administration determines that these horrific attacks are somehow connected to Dr. Shah, who sells weapons of mass destruction on the black market. Washington Post, 12 Oct. 2021 Today, the area is so cut off from grocery stores that foodstuffs dominate the local black market. Noah Robertson, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 Sep. 2021 Authorities also accused the teens of trying to learn how to construct pipe bombs and how to buy firearms off the black market. NBC News, 10 Sep. 2021 Exploring the black market of medicine coming from China and how government officials through their private companies distribute using government funds, and earn from it. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 8 Sep. 2021 While imprisoned by the Ten Rings, Stark discovers that the group is buying Stark technology off the black market and vows to change his ways. Eliana Dockterman, Time, 3 Sep. 2021 And that’s nothing compared to the untold numbers of people sourcing Ivermectin from veterinary pharmacies, foreign wholesalers, or the black market. Natalie Shure, The New Republic, 30 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of black-market

Verb

1727, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

1931, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of black-market was in 1727

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“Black-market.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/black-market. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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black market

noun

English Language Learners Definition of black market

: a system through which things are bought and sold illegally

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