noun, often attributive
mar·​ket | \ˈmär-kət \

Definition of market 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : a meeting together of people for the purpose of trade by private purchase and sale and usually not by auction

(2) : the people assembled at such a meeting

b(1) : a public place where a market is held especially : a place where provisions are sold at wholesale a farmers' market

(2) : a retail establishment usually of a specified kind a fish market

2 archaic : the act or an instance of buying and selling

3 : the rate or price offered for a commodity or security

4a(1) : a geographic area of demand for commodities or services sell in the southern market

(2) : a specified category of potential buyers the youth market

b : the course of commercial activity by which the exchange of commodities is effected : extent of demand the market is dull

c(1) : an opportunity for selling a good market for used cars

(2) : the available supply of or potential demand for specified goods or services the labor market

d : the area of economic activity in which buyers and sellers come together and the forces of supply and demand affect prices producing goods for market rather than for consumption

in the market

: in the position of being a potential buyer in the market for a house

on the market

: available for purchase also : up for sale put their house on the market


marketed; marketing; markets

Definition of market (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to expose for sale in a market

2 : sell

intransitive verb

: to deal in a market

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Synonyms & Antonyms for market

Synonyms: Noun

call, demand, request

Synonyms: Verb

deal (in), merchandise (also merchandize), put up, retail, sell, vend

Antonyms: Verb

buy, purchase

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Examples of market in a Sentence


I stopped at the market on the way home for some juice. They are trying to develop foreign markets for American cotton. The company sells mainly to the Southern market. New markets are opening up all over the world. Advertisers are trying to appeal to the youth market. targeting a more mature market a reference work for the educational market


The company has spent millions marketing the latest version of its software. These products are being aggressively marketed to teenagers through television ads. He markets his wares at craft shows.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This thick, balm-like cleanser stands out for being one of the OG balm cleansers on the market and includes a muslin cloth for removing the product. Talia Abbas, SELF, "This Balmy Face Wash Turned Me Into a Double-Cleansing Fanatic," 12 Nov. 2018 Retailers like Credo have stepped in to provide some order, strictly curating the best natural products on the market. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "The Best Natural Beauty Deals From Credo's Friends and Family Sale," 1 Nov. 2018 The history of a house like Bulgari, founded 130 years ago, is a critical distinguishing quality in the luxury market, and the ability to showcase that legacy is a show of strength. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Bulgari Is on a Quest For Treasures From Its Past," 26 Oct. 2018 Here are some of our favorite new gadgets on the market: Microsoft Surface GoThis 10-inch tablet weighs just a wisp over a pound and actually fits on a tray table. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "Four New Gadgets to Step Up Your Next Flight," 17 Oct. 2018 We scent-tested the ten most popular pumpkin candles on the market and ranked them from worst to best. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "The 10 Most Popular Pumpkin Candles, Ranked," 9 Oct. 2018 The market then reversed Thursday, tumbling 17%, as some investors took profits and reassessed supply data. Gregory Zuckerman, WSJ, "Oil Hedge Fund Giant Hammered in Crude’s Slide," 15 Nov. 2018 The departure of more EU nationals comes at a time when the U.K. labor market is doing well. Pan Pylas, The Seattle Times, "EU workers leave UK in record numbers as Brexit looms," 13 Nov. 2018 This shows how large the market is for property management tools aimed at DIY landlords. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Online property management tools are moving the landlord-tenant relationship to the internet," 7 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Some schools—such as those in rural areas—have used virtual reality tours to market their campuses. Douglas Belkin, WSJ, "At Penn State, Field Trips Go Virtual," 21 Nov. 2018 Since news emerged that Amazon has been marketing its tech to ICE and other law enforcement agencies, the company has faced extensive criticism from civil rights groups and Amazon shareholders, along with the internal dissent. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Google and Amazon respond to their employees’ concerns," 9 Nov. 2018 There’s also no law that requires clinics to market their rates accordingly. Pamela Tsigdinos, Marie Claire, "The Wild World of IVF, Explained," 1 Oct. 2018 The photo-sharing platform, which is owned by Facebook, has taken steps to alter its algorithms and search system to try to stay ahead of people who use the site’s hashtags to market drugs Oxycontin, Percocet and other substances. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "How Instagram is cracking down on illegal drug sales," 27 Sep. 2018 Combating a $17 million deficit, the city retained a firm to market and sell the downtown Genesis Convention Center and the South Gleason Park Golf Course in Glen Park. Carole Carlson, Post-Tribune, "Gary's empty schools have seen vandalism, arson and neglect. Now, they're going on the real estate market.," 28 June 2018 There are now several body and face wipes marketed specifically for people in need of a refresher after a workout. Emily Rekstis, SELF, "I Tried 5 Ways to Get Rid of Redness on My Face After Working Out," 19 Sep. 2018 Meanwhile, the traditional macro-brewing companies have purchased independent brands, experimented with different recipes and marketed beers to connect with customers' identities while also helping to support clean water and U.S. veterans. Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press, "Labatt Blue releases cans featuring top Michigan landmarks," 14 June 2018 In the years since, the company chipped away at the approval and bought other drugs to make and market. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville company wins FDA approval to produce opioid withdrawal drug," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of market


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for market


Middle English, probably from Continental Germanic; akin to Old Saxon markat marketplace, Old High German marcāt, both ultimately from Latin mercatus trade, marketplace, from mercari to trade, from merc-, merx merchandise


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Financial Definition of market

What It Is

A market is a location where buyers and sellers meet to exchange goods and services at prices determined by the forces of supply and demand.

How It Works

A market may be a physical location or a virtual one over a network (for example, the internet). Here, people who have a specific good or service (the supply) they want to sell interact with people who wish to buy it (the demand).

Prices in a market are determined by changes in supply and demand. If market demand is steady, an increase in market supply results in a decline in market prices and vice versa. If market supply is steady, a rise in demand results in a rise in market prices and vice versa. These relationships are demonstrated in the following graphs:

Producers advertise goods and services to consumers in a market in order to generate demand. Also, the term "market" is closely associated with financial assets and securities prices (for example, the stock market or the bond market).

Why It Matters

A market facilitates transactions between buyers and sellers (financial markets) and producers and consumers (consumer goods and services market). Markets experience fluctuations and price shifts resulting from changes in supply and demand. These changes result from fluctuations in many variables including, but not limited to, consumer preferences and perceptions, the availability of materials, and external sociopolitical events (for example, wars, government spending, and unemployment).

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English Language Learners Definition of market

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a place where products are bought and sold

: a store where foods and often household items are sold

: an area (such as a country or part of a country) where a product or service can be sold



English Language Learners Definition of market (Entry 2 of 2)

: to do things that cause people to know about and want to buy (something)

: to offer (something) for sale in a market


mar·​ket | \ˈmär-kət \

Kids Definition of market

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a public place where people gather to buy and sell things

2 : a store where foods are sold to the public a meat market

3 : a region in which something can be sold markets for American cotton

4 : an opportunity for selling something There's no market for snowplows in Florida.


marketed; marketing

Kids Definition of market (Entry 2 of 2)

: to sell or promote the sale of The shop markets local vegetables.

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Legal Definition of market 

1 : the rate or price at which a security or commodity is currently selling : market price

2a : a geographical area of demand for commodities or services seeking new foreign markets

b : a formal organized system enabling the transaction of business between buyers and sellers of commodities a futures market — see also stock market

c : a specified category of potential buyers the youth market

3a : the course of commercial activity by which the exchange of commodities is accomplished the market is quiet

b : an opportunity for selling developing new markets

c : the available supply of or potential demand for specified goods or services the labor market the market for durable goods

d : the area of economic activity in which buyers and sellers come together and the forces of supply and demand affect prices

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