bro·​ker | \ ˈbrō-kər How to pronounce broker (audio) \

Definition of broker

1 : one who acts as an intermediary: such as
a : an agent who arranges marriages
b : an agent who negotiates contracts of purchase and sale (as of real estate, commodities, or securities)
3 : one who sells or distributes something an information broker

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Other Words from broker

broker verb

Examples of broker in a Sentence

the broker in the hostage situation was a prominent reporter that the gunman felt he could trust all of the local yacht brokers were at the boat show
Recent Examples on the Web Also accused is Anthony Nicolosi, a Lake Worth resident, for illegally acting as an unregistered broker. Ron Hurtibise,, 8 June 2021 In building your real estate business whether as a broker or investor, taking these steps can help define your impact in the industry. Dave Panozzo, Forbes, 24 May 2021 The main company BioViva works with is Integrated Health Systems, which markets itself as a broker connecting patients to a network of doctors operating outside the U.S. who are willing to provide unapproved treatments. Megan Molteni, STAT, 3 May 2021 Fidelity has a long history in the securities-lending business, for years serving as a broker to hedge funds and other sophisticated investors in search of stocks to borrow and helping its own brokerage clients lend out their securities. Justin Baer, WSJ, 28 Apr. 2021 Cardinali is a former Kenosha County Board supervisor who works as a real estate broker. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 Apr. 2021 Texas Real Estate Commission records listed Kimble as the broker for Petry, identified as a sales agent. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Apr. 2021 Underground Barbecue, all while holding down a day job as a real estate broker. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 17 Mar. 2021 The firm operates as a broker, employing as many as 90 small companies that typically own one to several dump trucks. Kevin Spear,, 2 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of broker

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for broker

Middle English, negotiator, from Anglo-French brocour

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11 Jun 2021

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“Broker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of broker

: a person who helps other people to reach agreements, to make deals, or to buy and sell property (such as stocks or houses)


bro·​ker | \ ˈbrō-kər How to pronounce broker (audio) \

Kids Definition of broker

: a person who acts as an agent for others in the buying or selling of property


bro·​ker | \ ˈbrō-kər How to pronounce broker (audio) \

Legal Definition of broker

: an agent who negotiates contracts of sale (as of real estate or securities) or other agreements (as insurance contracts or mortgages) between the parties for a fee or commission — compare dealer, finder

Note: An insurance broker differs from an insurance agent in that a broker is usually considered an agent of the insured, even though he or she may receive a commission from an insurance company. A broker may sell the products of a number of insurers, and an insurer has no liability for a broker's wrongful actions. A securities broker often acts also as a dealer and so is often referred to as a broker-dealer.


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