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


The retail markup on their products is 25 percent. selling used cars at high markups

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For certain types of readers, particularly lawyers and academics, markups and annotations can be worth far more than $25. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Microsoft's Ebook Apocalypse Shows the Dark Side of DRM," 30 June 2019 Once investors could see the market, the markups Wall Street traders could charge them collapsed, slashing banks’ profits. Matt Wirz, WSJ, "Bond Fight Pits Main Street Against Wall Street," 27 June 2019 That’s looking to change, though, as this year, there are a number of new laptops on the market with OLED screen options and without exorbitant markups. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "OLED laptops are an idea whose time has come," 27 June 2019 San Francisco Mayor London Breed and Sheriff Vicki Hennessy on Wednesday announced a plan to make all calls from county jails free for inmates and eliminate markups on items sold in jail stores. Dominic Fracassa,, "SF to allow free calls for inmates, no markups on products sold in jail," 12 June 2019 That is because hospitals' master price lists, known as chargemasters, often reflect big markups that are well above the usual amounts the hospitals will recover from private health insurers. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan rehab clinics fear auto insurance overhaul could force downsizing, closure," 12 June 2019 Ross, Moradi’s attorney, said the prices were consistent with average markups in the retail jewel business and the purchases were from CJ Charles, a retailer. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Brees and jeweler dispute terms of diamond purchases," 12 June 2019 Hospitals are particularly hard hit and frequently must scramble to find scarce medicines, often at huge price markups, or come up with workarounds that may not be as effective or safe for patients. Fox News, "Hospital groups launch own company to make generic drugs," 7 Sep. 2018 There’s the constituent breakfast, followed by a judiciary committee markup. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Personable, Popular, Pragmatic: Is Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar the Democrat’s Secret Weapon?," 15 Jan. 2019

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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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The first known use of markup was in 1868

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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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