mark·​up | \ ˈmärk-ˌəp How to pronounce markup (audio) \

Definition of markup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an amount added to the cost price to determine the selling price broadly : profit
2 : a U.S. Congressional committee session at which a bill is put into final form before it is reported out

mark up

marked up; marking up; marks up

Definition of mark up (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to put a markup on

Examples of markup in a Sentence

Noun The retail markup on their products is 25 percent. selling used cars at high markups
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Amaro’s Table keeps its liquor prices close to retail levels, so margins are slim, especially compared to the markup that bars typically charge for cocktails. oregonlive, "Looking for cocktails to-go? Vancouver restaurants have you covered," 1 May 2020 Where the markups are happening is difficult to pinpoint. Los Angeles Times, "Suppliers cash in as California taxpayers hit with wildly inflated prices for masks," 23 Apr. 2020 Among the markups recorded in Alameda County: a 12-pack of toilet paper increased from $6 to $10, a 20 lb bag of onions from $8-16 to $39.99; a 10 lb pack of potatoes from $2.79 to $9, and a 20 lb bag of rice that went from $12.99 to $19.99. Megan Cassidy,, "Coronavirus price gouging: Investigators tracking vendors who mark up cleaning supplies, toiletries and food," 27 Mar. 2020 The lawsuit seeks to collect $25,000 in penalties and to force the man to repay the markup price to his customers. Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times, "A coronavirus side effect: lots of lawsuits," 21 Apr. 2020 Without a full committee markup, Rehberg introduced a bill that provided $522.5 million to the stockpile, about 12% less than the previous year and $132 million less than the administration wanted. Yeganeh Torbati, ProPublica, "How Tea Party Budget Battles Left the National Emergency Medical Stockpile Unprepared for Coronavirus," 3 Apr. 2020 On March 18, he’s suspected of selling a New Jersey doctor about 1,000 of the masks for $12,000, a markup of roughly 700 percent, authorities said. Fox News, "Brooklyn man arrested for allegedly hoarding masks, coughing on FBI agents," 31 Mar. 2020 Prosecutors said that Feldheim sold supplies at as much as a 700 percent markup to doctors and nurses., "Navy hospital ship reaches New York. But it’s not made to contain coronavirus.," 30 Mar. 2020 The total markup from the MSRP on the Daytona Edition at the Fremont dealership is $32,930. Mihir Maddireddy, Car and Driver, "Dodge Charger Hellcat Widebody Daytona Edition Listed at $114,000," 9 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of markup


1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1868, in the meaning defined above

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23 May 2020

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“Markup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of markup

: an amount added to the price of something : the difference between the cost of producing something and its selling price

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