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

Just how new the storage market is becomes clear when looking at California, the nation’s hottest state for solar. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "Burning for Tesla Powerwall? Get ready to wait as Musk's solar vision takes a backseat to Model 3," 13 July 2018 In Houston and throughout the US, the shale market is quite busy. Ilene Bassler, Houston Chronicle, "Q&A: Strict immigration policies ripple through talent pool," 12 July 2018 The Wednesday evening market is less crowded; both have live music weekly. Melanie D.g. Kaplan,, "Boulder, Colorado, does things its own way," 12 July 2018 The market for comforting falsehoods that feel true has always been a seller’s game. Laurie Penny, Longreads, "Peterson’s Complaint," 12 July 2018 That markets are open to these exports is largely due to negotiations in the WTO. Michael Joe Murphy,, "World trade — what everyone needs to know," 11 July 2018 Companies have fought vicious lawsuits in attempts to protect their self-driving secrets, and given how wide open the potential market is for the technology there is little sign the tensions will end any time soon. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Ex-Apple Employee Charged With Stealing Self-Driving Tech," 11 July 2018 The market for his services thus far has been appropriately tepid. Rob Mahoney,, "The Best Players Left in NBA Free Agency," 9 July 2018 And the market for young small forwards is drying up, with the Memphis Grizzlies landing Kyle Anderson from the San Antonio Spurs with a four-year offer sheet. Jason Jones, sacbee, "The Kings still want a small forward. Here's why pursuing Rodney Hood makes sense," 8 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The initial industries Crossbeam intends to pitch to are marketing technology, retail technology, and analytics and business intelligence, Moore said. Diane Mastrull,, "Software-guided B2B partnerships are the aim of Bob Moore's new Crossbeam," 9 July 2018 Foxconn has begun marketing ginseng products — supplied by Hsu’s Ginseng Enterprises — under the Hong Seng brand. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Before leaving Wisconsin, Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou visits a ginseng farm and a supper club near Wausau," 3 July 2018 Then someone in the soda-bottling business started marketing 8-ounce bottles, and straws grew to 10 1/2 inches. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "Disposable America," 21 June 2018 Crash Bandicoot, released in 1996, was studio Naughty Dog's first game, marketed by Sony in the U.S. as competition to Nintendo's world-renowned plumber hero, Mario. Harold Goldberg,, "Classic games, lovingly reimagined in 'Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy'," 13 July 2018 Some will be marketed as having come from the Bucks' suites or locker room, said executive director Brian Sonderman. James B. Nelson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Bucks' donations of Bradley Center equipment will help Habitat build new homes," 19 June 2018 Among the label's successes: Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit's The Nashville Sound, which was distributed and marketed by Thirty Tigers, debuted at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart and No. 4 on the all-genre Billboard 200 in July 2017. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Billboard's 2018 Country Power Players List Revealed: The Industry's Most Influential," 5 June 2018 Despite the sole conviction, Collins — who later changed his name to Chapman — was one of 110 serial killers and mass killers featured on trading cards marketed by a California company in the early 1990s. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Notorious Michigan serial killers: Who were they?," 10 May 2018 That brings us to the short-term plan marketed by UnitedHealth's Golden Rule subsidiary. Michael Hiltzik,, "The fine print of those short-term health plans favored by Trump: Don't get sick on a weekend," 26 Apr. 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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