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 Scott Peters of California, Kurt Schrader of Oregon and Kathleen Rice of New York voted against a proposal to allow Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices during a markup in the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Annie Grayer, CNN, 15 Sep. 2021 During the Ways & Means markup on Thursday, Republican committee members were sounding the all-too-familiar anti-tax tune and fomenting the red-blue divide. Daniel Strauss, The New Republic, 10 Sep. 2021 In addition, the company has the lowest markup in the industry which creates an extremely compelling value for members. Trefis Team, Forbes, 11 June 2021 The committee markup made clear that the particular shape and scope of the bill are very much in flux. Yuval Levin, National Review, 17 May 2021 Tensions during the hours-long markup remained high as lawmakers would tangentially squabble over unrelated issues, namely reports on the potential expansion of the Supreme Court. ABC News, 15 Apr. 2021 In Minnesota, like most states, wholesale commodity gas costs are passed through directly to consumers, without a markup from the utility. Mike Hughlett, Star Tribune, 8 July 2021 The tech industry launched an all-out assault to thwart the US bills ahead of Wednesday's markup. Brian Fung, CNN, 24 June 2021 In many cases, the markup is justified by the overall formulation and the way in which ingredients work synergistically to achieve results. Ahmed Zambarakji, Robb Report, 10 Aug. 2021

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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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19 Sep 2021

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“Markup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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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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