mar·​ket·​place | \ˈmär-kət-ˌplās \

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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That removal includes the Xbox 360 marketplace, according to a follow-up tweet. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Alan Wake returns to digital storefronts after music rights snafu [Updated]," 26 Oct. 2018 Having worked closely with the UN in the past, the Duchess was keen to learn of their latest women’s project, Markets for Change, which works to promote female empowerment in marketplaces throughout the South Pacific. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Latest Royal Appearance in Fiji Was Cut Short Due to a Security Risk," 24 Oct. 2018 Italian fare at Eataly’s La Scuola Eataly—the Italian food mecca that is part restaurant, part marketplace—offers its own cooking school, La Scuola. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "The Best Cooking and Baking Classes in New York City," 18 Oct. 2018 While Adata sells these drives as a third-party marketplace seller, the actual orders are fulfilled by Amazon. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Replace your slow hard drive with these $25 SSDs," 20 Sep. 2018 Certainly the marketplace hasn’t really changed to a certain degree. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim talks antitrust on Recode Decode," 1 Sep. 2018 Feel good about treating yourself (read: spending all your money) at this marketplace, which showcases sustainably made, waste reducing goods. Marielle Wakim, Los Angeles Magazine, "The 6 Best Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend, Hands Down," 31 May 2018 We’ve been kind of funneled, maybe, through corporations, the marketplace, our society. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Calexico's Joey Burns on the making of 'The Thread That Keeps Us,' written in the aftermath of election," 24 May 2018 Some states that operate their own marketplaces, however, are continuing to invest in these grass-roots aides. Phil Galewitz, Washington Post, "Outrageous Or Overblown? HHS Announces Another Round Of ACA Navigator Funding Cuts," 12 July 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 \

Kids Definition of marketplace

: a location where public sales are held


mar·​ket·​place | \ˈmär-kət-ˌplās \

Legal Definition of marketplace 

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

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