mar·​ket·​place | \ ˈmär-kət-ˌplās How to pronounce marketplace (audio) \

Definition of marketplace

1a : an open square or place in a town where markets or public sales are held
b : market the marketplace is the interpreter of supply and demand
2 : the world of trade or economic activity : the everyday world
3 : a sphere in which intangible values compete for acceptance the marketplace of ideas

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Synonyms for marketplace


business, commerce, trade, traffic

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Examples of marketplace in a Sentence

Their products must compete in the marketplace. The company has struggled to survive in a rapidly changing marketplace.

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In April, Lowe’s and 60 of its suppliers and partners debuted a new program called Generation T , an online marketplace for jobs, apprenticeships and education programs in construction. Karen Schwartz, The Denver Post, "U.S. home projects, remodels suffering from worker shortage," 11 June 2019 That’s the pattern after most natural disasters, says Nick Liberati of EnergySage, an online marketplace where people buy and sell home solar panels and batteries. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "California’s wildfires may be the best thing to happen to home batteries," 7 June 2019 As government regulators move to crack down on youth vaping, eBay and other online marketplaces are still awash with bootleg Juul pods. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Teen vapers are using eBay to dodge age restrictions," 5 June 2019 Worthy, an online marketplace, aims to change that by giving people a fast, easy, secure option for selling their jewelry to more than 750 buyers during a two-day auction. Andrea Barbalich, Woman's Day, "5 Apps To Help You Through Divorce," 5 June 2019 More than 100 the transactions were with customers who had done business on Silk Road, an illicit online marketplace that was shut down in 2013 by government officials, the agency said. Kristin Broughton, WSJ, "Treasury Bureau Issues First Penalty for Peer-to-Peer Digital Currency Exchange," 18 Apr. 2019 For now, the online marketplace gets one seller shorter, while independent bookstores seem to have created a sustained moment of success. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Microsoft Is Closing Its Ebook Store and Taking the Books With It," 2 Apr. 2019 The online peer-to-peer marketplace also happens to be a treasure trove of amazing vintage fashion finds. Glamour, "The Absolute Best Etsy Stores to Shop Vintage Fashion Right Now," 8 Mar. 2019 The brand took to social media to share its frustrations with how the popular online marketplace has allegedly treated it over the years, which includes suspending the shop. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "A Popular Black Designer Alleges Etsy "Removed" Her Shop Because It’s "Too Controversial"," 13 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of marketplace

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of marketplace

: the economic system through which different companies compete with each other to sell their products
: a place in a town where products are bought and sold


mar·​ket·​place | \ ˈmär-kət-ˌplās How to pronounce marketplace (audio) \

Kids Definition of marketplace

: a location where public sales are held


mar·​ket·​place | \ ˈmär-kət-ˌplās How to pronounce marketplace (audio) \

Legal Definition of marketplace

: the economic system through which different companies compete with each other to sell their products

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to take the place or position of

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