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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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 This is in contrast to a broker, who is a middleman and connects both buyers and sellers. Mike Swigunski, Forbes, 6 Sep. 2021 The second part would clarify the definition of a broker for players in the cryptocurrency market, which would require them to file a type of 1099 form for transactions on certain kinds of digital assets., 6 Aug. 2021 The luxury real estate boutique of Allie Beth Allman & Associates leads Dallas County in the sale of estate homes and is the top broker in all price points in several premier neighborhoods, per MLS stats. Dallas News, 18 July 2021 Enter Gianluigi Torzi, another broker, who helped arrange a 40 million euro payout by the Vatican to Mincione for the shares in the building that the Holy See didn't already have. Nicole Winfield, Star Tribune, 3 July 2021 Next comes Thomas the real estate broker, who wows the Bachelorette with uninterrupted eye contact and enthusiasm. Kristen Baldwin,, 8 June 2021 Know the difference between a professional ticket broker (a legitimate and accredited reseller like Ticketmaster or LiveNation), a ticket scalper (an unregulated and unlicensed ticket seller), and a scammer selling scam tickets. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 11 May 2021 Warwick’s real-estate broker, Steve Avoyer, phoned her with the bad news. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 May 2021 The freight broker, which until now had raised a total of $50 million from Lead Edge and other investors, expects to generate more than $1.2 billion in revenue this year, the release said. Luis Garcia, WSJ, 28 Apr. 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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15 Sep 2021

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“Broker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 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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