noun, often attributive
mar·​ket | \ ˈmär-kət How to pronounce market (audio) \

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

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of market in a Sentence

Noun 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 Verb 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 NFL Network reported Wednesday that Smith, one of the hottest coaching candidates on the market, is scheduled to meet with the Lions for a second time this week, on Friday. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Report: Detroit Lions bringing Titans OC Arthur Smith in second HC interview," 14 Jan. 2021 An increase in construction prior to the pandemic also meant that new units came on the market at a time when demand was decreasing. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Portland apartment rents fell significantly in 2020, with downtown driving sharp decline," 13 Jan. 2021 Air Force 1s are easily the most versatile shoes on the market. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Hailey Baldwin Wore A Bikini With Air Force 1s and Sweatpants On Vacation With Justin Bieber," 12 Jan. 2021 The waterfall is currently disconnected while the home is on the market; Forgeois reports that the lining of the basin is in need of repair. Megan Barber, Curbed, "A Waterfall Wall in a Lower East Side Carriage House," 12 Jan. 2021 Ask any parent: Keeping up with the latest and greatest toys on the market is nearly impossible, especially when kids' preferences seemingly change at the drop of a hat. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "17 super popular toys you can buy at Walmart right now," 12 Jan. 2021 Andrew and Colleen Clarke, who have owned the house since 2015, are relocating now that their kids are in college and put the home on the market, listed at $2.15 million. Rohan Preston, Star Tribune, "$2.15M Minneapolis home on a hill has 'good karma' and beautiful view of skyline," 11 Jan. 2021 This behavior is a clear signal that the value of additional oil on the market today is small, if not negative. Timothy Fitzgerald, National Review, "Alaska Auction Shows Oil and Gas Are in Trouble," 11 Jan. 2021 Of course, the major selling point is the boot’s shockingly low price tag—a fraction of even other budget options on the market. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Rubber Boots for Stomping Through Mud and Puddles," 6 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Many pharmaceutical companies rely on the Orphan Drug Act, which President Ronald Reagan signed into law in 1983, to bring cutting-edge treatments to market quickly. Nicole Hassoun, The Conversation, "The price of a drug should be based on its therapeutic benefits – not just what the market will bear," 13 Jan. 2021 The city also received an application for another infill project on Lee Road, while Lewis provided an update to council on an application approved in July for Keystate Homes Development of Pepper Pike to market a vacant lot on Fairmount Boulevard. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Shaker sees progress on infill housing in South Moreland, with county land bank dealing 2 lots to local builder," 12 Jan. 2021 The firm, with U.S. offices in Boston and Menlo Park, Calif., is poised to bring the fund to market less than two years after amassing $8.5 billion for its predecessor vehicle, TA XIII. Laura Cooper, WSJ, "TA Associates Preps Roughly $11 Billion Flagship Fund Pitch," 11 Jan. 2021 Skilled workers who make and market trade-show furnishings pivoted to acrylic shields and desk dividers out of the same inventory. Star Tribune, "Minnesota conference exhibit maker made COVID equipment to survive 2020," 10 Jan. 2021 YouTube has also been a way for media companies to market their streaming services to younger audiences, many of whom have quit or never signed up for a cable TV service. Los Angeles Times, "YouTube has gone from Hollywood pariah to partner. Meet the executive who led the change," 4 Jan. 2021 The company hired real estate firm JLL's offices in Indianapolis and Chicago to market its sale. Alexandria Burris, The Indianapolis Star, "Ambrose sells former GM Stamping Plant site for undisclosed amount, drops city lawsuit," 3 Dec. 2020 Similarly to awe-inspiring women’s conferences, co-branded endeavors by friends market a sense of community, while setting hard-to-follow standards. Flora Tsapovsky, Wired, "From Podcasts to Zoom Workshops, Friendship Is Big Business," 24 Nov. 2020 What’s more, Round Hill now has until Oct. 18, 2021, to issue the 83 million remaining shares, should market conditions support further fundraising toward the $375 million target, according to another contingency provision in the prospectus. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Round Hill Shares Slightly Up on First Day of Trading — What Happens Next?," 13 Nov. 2020

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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

Noun and Verb

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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The first known use of market was in the 12th century

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20 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Market.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of market

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a place where products are bought and sold
US : 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 How to pronounce market (audio) \

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.



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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