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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Washington has lottery talent but there was not a great market for point guards. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, 23 June 2022 Many famous musicians have cashed in on a frothy market for song catalogs in recent years, capitalizing on interest from both music companies and financial firms., 23 June 2022 While a cooler real estate market is by no means an indicator that Redfin is preparing to file for bankruptcy, layoffs at the company are a signal that Redfin’s rapid growth over the past few years might be cooling too. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 23 June 2022 The Encinitas Vegan Food Pop-Up, which kicked off its latest season of events in Encinitas last Saturday, opens a new Vista market Friday in a south Vista industrial park. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 June 2022 Here are the top three things not to do in a cyclical market: 1. Sal Rehmetullah, Forbes, 22 June 2022 Buoyed by soaring crypto prices, NFTs became a $40 billion market last year. Kevin Collier, NBC News, 22 June 2022 ShortFest takes pains to maintain a market and a forum for filmmakers to meet industryites who attend, and Sharma underscores that plenty of shorts do sell out of the festival. Andrew Barker, Variety, 22 June 2022 Whether one down week is simply an anomaly or the harbinger of a slowing prime real estate market is an open question. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 22 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In 2019, Facebook agreed to stop allowing advertisers to use gender, age and zip codes – which often act as proxies for race– to market housing, credit and job openings to its users. Elizabeth Dwoskin, Washington Post, 21 June 2022 Overall, Roku believes that content providers can benefit from deploying different strategies to market to various streamer behaviors. Chris Morris, Variety, 8 June 2022 Shop around for the best possible deal and research lenders that market to consumers with bad credit. Quora, Forbes, 4 June 2022 Patap said Netflix’s past growth helped fuel more building developers to market their properties to streamers during the pandemic, especially as there was hesitancy about traditional office space during the pandemic. Wendy Leestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2022 But does that mean the social platform is an effective place for small- and medium-size businesses to market their products and services? Candace Nelson, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2022 Venture capital has backed lots of companies that market trials to patients. Alexander Saint-amand, Fortune, 25 Apr. 2022 Marijuana businesses will take advantage of the holiday to sell and market their products. Emma Balter, Chron, 20 Apr. 2022 The beverage's Fortnite debut is another sign of how brands are using video games to market their products directly to gamers. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, 4 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Market.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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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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