market

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

market

verb
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 The iconic ketchup didn’t come on the market until 1876, according to a Heinz company timeline. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Horseradish has deep roots in history," 30 Mar. 2021 The draft report is inconclusive on whether the outbreak started at a Wuhan seafood market that had one of the earliest clusters of cases in December 2019. Ken Moritsugu And Jamey Keaten, Chron, "AP Exclusive: WHO report says animals likely source of COVID," 29 Mar. 2021 The draft report is inconclusive on whether the outbreak started at a Wuhan seafood market that had one of the earliest clusters of cases in December 2019. Ken Moritsugu And Jamey Keaten, USA TODAY, "AP: Joint WHO-China draft report dubs animals most likely source of COVID; many questions still unanswered," 29 Mar. 2021 Waffles and Mochi get jobs at the market, where the owner asks them to run errands, which, in turn, teach them about nutrition. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "Michelle Obama’s Lesson to Kids: You Are What You Watch," 29 Mar. 2021 The draft report is inconclusive on whether the outbreak started at a Wuhan seafood market that had one of the earliest clusters of cases in December 2019. Fox News, "WHO-China report claims coronavirus lab leak 'extremely unlikely,' suggests animal-human transmission," 29 Mar. 2021 May 25 death, restrained, handcuffed and face down on a South Minneapolis street during a police investigation of a counterfeit $20 bill that had allegedly been passed at a local market. Washington Post, "Derek Chauvin’s lawyer appears outnumbered at trial. But colleagues say Eric Nelson’s low-key style is easy to underestimate," 27 Mar. 2021 Xiaomi will target its EVs at the mass market, with Great Wall providing consultancy to speed up the project. Chris Smith, BGR, "Xiaomi might be working on an electric car to launch before Apple," 26 Mar. 2021 Arrival is aiming at the delivery van market, a lifeline for many during the COVID pandemic. Adrian Croft, Fortune, "Meet Arrival, the latest buzzy electric vehicle startup to debut on Wall Street," 26 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Without the need to market his fund to external investors, Hwang’s strategies and performance remained secret from the outside world. Tom Maloney, Fortune, "Archegos founder was amassing enormous hidden fortune when his bets all unraveled," 30 Mar. 2021 By Monday afternoon, a website created to market the sneakers said all but one pair had been sold and the last would be distributed Thursday by lottery. Washington Post, "A prank company and Lil Nas X are selling ‘Satan Shoes’ containing a drop of human blood. Nike is suing.," 29 Mar. 2021 Although Carmat and CorWave will initially market their devices as temporary measures for patients awaiting a transplant, the long-term goal for both companies is to make devices that can be used permanently. Stephanie Bailey, CNN, "This new artificial heart responds to the patient," 25 Mar. 2021 Essay mills are hacking university systems to more credibly market their wares to wary students. Ryan Craig, Forbes, "If You Can't Stand The Cheat, Get Out Of The Kitchen," 19 Mar. 2021 Prosecutors said the surgeons agreed to refer patients to the Dallas hospital in exchange for money to market their practices. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Elite Dallas spine surgeons get prison time for role in Forest Park hospital kickback scheme," 18 Mar. 2021 Bunegin also invented the ULiSSES, an early version of his current perfusion device, and VPS has an exclusive license to market the technology. Laura Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "New invention by San Antonio scientist could be a 'game changer' in lifesaving heart transplants," 15 Mar. 2021 What a horrible way to market a team that needs fans. Dan Shaughnessy, BostonGlobe.com, "Reeling from the Cam Newton news, and other thoughts," 12 Mar. 2021 To market the brand, the company posts over-the-top YouTube videos that poke fun at liberals, but also at macho gun guys. Zusha Elinson, WSJ, "Black Rifle Coffee Seeks Like-Minded Aficionados," 12 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of market

Noun

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

Verb

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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2 Apr 2021

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“Market.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/market. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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market

noun

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

market

verb

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

market

noun
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.

market

verb
marketed; marketing

Kids Definition of market (Entry 2 of 2)

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

market

noun
mar·​ket

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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