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

The problem is that everything the Knicks have always believed about themselves as a franchise—immunity to rebuilding, dominant market that lures superstars, iconic history—is what’s actually true of the Lakers. Andrew Sharp,, "Kevin Knox, Wendell Carter Jr., and Midsummer Hope for the Knicks and Bulls," 13 July 2018 The streaming video market has therefore been less successful, allowing stores like Blockbuster to continue to thrive. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Not Even John Oliver Could Save Two of the Last Remaining Blockbusters in the U.S.," 13 July 2018 Contract negotiations between United Steelworkers and ArcelorMittal got off to an uncertain start, with the union saying the international steelmaker is seeking major concessions despite the improved market and economy. Karen Caffarini, Post-Tribune, "NW Indiana steel contract talks start with sides far apart," 13 July 2018 The Stelvio is a new crossover from Alfa Romeo, as the company tries to round out its lineup for the U.S. market. Scott Sturgis,, "2018 Stelvio rounds out the Alfa Romeo lineup," 12 July 2018 The other six, including the Waverly market on 32nd Street, use different systems and will not be affected. Gal Tziperman Lotan,, "Portal's shutdown puts farmers market trips in jeopardy for SNAP recipients," 14 July 2018 That company is targeting clients who bet on the success of energy and commodities markets, like crude oil. Rebecca Lurye,, "How Seven Stars Cloud Plans To Spend $283M In West Hartford," 14 July 2018 Bridge Housing, a nonprofit, is working on a $500 million opportunity zone fund to finance affordable housing in West Coast markets, such as the Watts neighborhood. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "New Hotel or Affordable Housing? Race Is On to Define ‘Opportunity Zones’," 13 July 2018 The great disruptors of the energy industry have always been politics, markets and technology -- and their interplay. Houston Chronicle, "Competition for top talent keeps pay scale high in oil industry," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But the concierge treatment has recently gained mainstream attention in larger cities, with hospital-unaffiliated IV hydration stations marketing themselves as one-stop cures for anything from flu symptoms to hangovers. Zahria Rogers, The Courier-Journal, "Concierge IV hydration therapy service seeks to rehydrate Louisville," 12 July 2018 All Sponsor Content and marketing messages will be clearly and distinctly differentiated from independent news content. Bloomberg, "Terms of Service," 8 July 2018 The drug, ticagrelor, marketed under the name Brilinta, sold rapidly, emerging as a billion-dollar blockbuster. Charles Piller, Science | AAAS, "Hidden conflicts? Pharma payments to FDA advisers after drug approvals spark ethical concerns," 5 July 2018 In a harsh if unintended indictment of the sport's inability to successfully market itself, there isn't a single athlete from track and field or road running on ESPN's annual list of the 100 most famous athletes in sports. Ken Goe,, "What if you held a meet and nobody outside the stadium noticed? Oregon track & field rundown," 22 May 2018 The yellow liquid is falsely marketed as a treatment for everything from cancer to hangovers. Elaina Zachos, National Geographic, "Can People Really Mistake a Bear for a Dog, as This Family Claims?," 16 May 2018 But every player should control their ability to market themselves and make money. Jack Holmes, Esquire, "Reggie Miller Sounds Off on Paying College Athletes," 15 Mar. 2018 The Ministry of Tourism has marketed the country using skimpily dressed women before. The Economist, "Why a mayor in Lebanon has dressed policewomen in hot pants," 12 July 2018 The Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis will market the app, starting later this year. Scott Kirsner,, "Take two apps and call me in the morning," 29 June 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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