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 Less than a decade ago, pundits speculated on the meaning of Apple Inc.’s market cap tentatively overtaking Exxon Mobil Corp. to be the biggest in the world. Washington Post, "Even Boone Pickens Is Falling Out of Love With Oil," 18 Sep. 2019 Jamie Cox, managing partner at Harris Financial Group, suggested that this week’s cut is driven more by investor expectations than current conditions — essentially, that Powell’s hand is forced by the desire to avoid a market meltdown. NBC News, "New math: Federal Reserve will lower rates this week, but future cuts are no sure thing," 17 Sep. 2019 The acquisition of Tribune Media gives Nexstar both broadcasting history and major market heft, adding 42 TV stations including WGN-Ch. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Daywatch: Trial to begin in Tyshawn Lee slaying, WGN no longer Chicago’s very own and other things to know about to start your day," 17 Sep. 2019 The run-up included a nearly 5% increase since Nike's announcement of the campaign on Labor Day 2018, which added nearly $6 billion to the company's market value. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Colin Kaepernick's Nike ad wins an Emmy for outstanding commercial," 16 Sep. 2019 Mason told the newspaper that Bourdain’s items have a total market value between $200,000 and $400,000. Ana Calderone,, "Anthony Bourdain's Possessions Worth Up to $400,000 Will Be Auctioned Off in October," 16 Sep. 2019 An investigation by 48 states symbolizes bipartisan worry about the market power of a few tech giants. The Christian Science Monitor, "the viability of centrism in U.S. politics," 16 Sep. 2019 Increased market concentration generally results in higher prices. Patricia Smith, The Conversation, "Top Democrats discussed ‘Medicare for All’ at Houston debate, but what about healthy food for all?," 13 Sep. 2019 The report was reportedly published on a Saturday specifically to avoid causing a market crash. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "Can a vaping health crisis be avoided?," 13 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb These three styles of viticulture are followed (and marketed) by wineries to show care for their vineyards and the environment. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "To fight climate change, one winemaker wants to think about more than the grapes," 30 Aug. 2019 Everolimus, marketed by Novartis as Afinitor, received US Food and Drug Administration approval to treat pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors and prevents transplant rejection. Elizabeth Landau, CNN, "Why pancreatic cancer is so deadly," 23 Aug. 2019 The building is being marketed by Newmark Knight Frank commercial real estate brokers Michael Saign, Anne Ralston, Phil Mahoney, and Joe Kelly. George Avalos, The Mercury News, "Sage Intacct strikes deal for big downtown San Jose expansion," 14 Aug. 2019 In fact, contrary to the potted propaganda now passing as serious history and effectively marketed by the gun lobby, some of the Founding generation’s approaches to regulation may offer guidance for how to move beyond our current impasse. Saul Cornell, The New Republic, "The Second-Amendment Case for Gun Control," 4 Aug. 2019 There are some films that can’t be marketed by traditional means; Woollen is the trailer auteur to whom auteurs turn for a nontraditional solution. Alex Pappademas, The New Yorker, "How the Cover Song Conquered Movie Trailers," 31 July 2019 The Pfizer analysis showed that Humira, which is marketed by AbbVie, had a similar effect. Washington Post, The Denver Post, "Colorado Alzheimer’s researchers shift focus after failures; begin testing leukemia medicine as treatment," 6 July 2019 The homes would be marketed at about $400,000 each, the developer’s attorney told the commission, according to town planning and economic development Director Gary Anderson. Jesse Leavenworth,, "Manchester subdivision approved," 17 Sep. 2019 In all, lab testing shows spiked vapes or edible products marketed as CBD in at least 13 states., "Investigation finds spiked CBD being sold in Maryland; illegal drugs show dark side of vape craze," 16 Sep. 2019

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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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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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How to pronounce market (audio)

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.

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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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