market

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

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

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

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

Before the downturn, Adi had discussed many times with his clients market volatility and the importance of sticking with an investment plan. Stan Choe, The Seattle Times, "For young investors, jumpy market presents first big test," 28 Jan. 2019 Harvesting user data, and location data perhaps most invasively, is a widespread practice that extends far beyond just weather apps, and a tempting option to generate revenue in a market where the default price of apps is free. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "The Weather Channel Is Being Sued for Selling Your Data. How Long Before All the Other Apps Are Next?," 10 Jan. 2019 It's only been two years, though, and while other companies crash and burn in the market in that amount of time, HMD has made incredible progress. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Our favorite (and least favorite) tech of 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 Because of this, Romem believes this phenomenon has put upward pressure on labor costs in the San Francisco market and created a vicious cycle. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Rising labor costs send the price of house construction skyward," 17 Dec. 2018 Secure the Bag Fanny packs made up 25 percent of the accessories market in 2018. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Fall 2019 Men’s Trend Report," 25 Jan. 2019 Naturally, many more affordable reproductions and lamps inspired by Henningsen's innovative design are out on the market today. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Poul Henningsen's Artichoke Lamp Has A Remarkable History," 22 Jan. 2019 Brooklyn Beckham is officially off the market again and is heating things up with his new girlfriend, Hana Cross. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Who is Hana Cross? Everything You Need to Know About Brooklyn Beckham's New GF," 4 Jan. 2019 One more market to go, and that’s Mısır Çarşısı, a.k.a. the Egyptian Bazaar or Spice Market. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

At the same time, e-cig manufacturers like Juul have been selling flavors that appeal to kids and marketing itself as a healthy alternative to smoking, even though its products are highly addictive. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Teens are turning away from cigarettes and alcohol and toward vaping," 17 Dec. 2018 And dispensaries in places where weed is legal often market it directly at pregnant women. Julia Belluz, Vox, "More pregnant women are using marijuana. We don’t know if that’s safe.," 20 Nov. 2018 The clinic markets itself as having a spa-like, nurturing environment where providers offer intensive, personalized treatments. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Crowdfunding raises millions for quack cancer remedies, like coffee enemas," 20 Sep. 2018 If the plans fall short, the FDA could block sales of the products by enforcing a requirement that companies provide detailed design and health data about their products before marketing them. Fox News, "Calling teen vaping 'epidemic,' officials weigh flavor ban," 13 Sep. 2018 In billboards and television commercials, SNHU has marketed itself to working moms, returning veterans, and low-income communities. Deirdre Fernandes, BostonGlobe.com, "An education in hope," 7 July 2018 Other factors include the growth of opportunities in large countries, such as India, and competitive strategies by nations like Canada, which markets itself as safe and welcoming. Stacy Teicher Khadaroo, The Christian Science Monitor, "International students to US: Do you really want us?," 2 July 2018 Pharmacy benefit managers market themselves as keen negotiators able to squeeze pharmaceutical manufacturers for better deals that save money for insurers, patients, and society. Scott Knoer, STAT, "What does PBM stand for? In Ohio (and elsewhere), it’s programs bilking millions," 29 June 2018 Sentosa, which has beaches and a casino, markets itself as the State of Fun — an upgrade from its previous nickname, Island Behind Death, from when the Japanese used it as a prisoner of war camp in World War II. Victoria Kim, latimes.com, "Singapore preps for Trump-Kim summit with fresh paint and arrests," 9 June 2018

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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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More Definitions for market

market

noun

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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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 \

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.

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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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