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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Examples of marketplace in a Sentence

Their products must compete in the marketplace. The company has struggled to survive in a rapidly changing marketplace.
Recent Examples on the Web Several Discord servers for the NFT marketplace OpenSea were hacked Thursday night by a scammer promoting a fake project, the company said. Fortune, 6 May 2022 Reggie Fils-Aimé is the former president and COO of Nintendo of the America Inc. who has helped bring the Nintendo DS, the Wii, the Nintendo 3DS, Wii U and the Nintendo Switch to the global marketplace. Washington Post, 3 May 2022 For example, in marketplaces right now, eBay is the leader for marketplace for the trading card industry. Dave Knox, Forbes, 2 May 2022 This is the first of a series of projects that will see Boat Rocker independently finance premium documentaries for the global marketplace. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 30 Mar. 2022 The '82 LeBaron was responsible for reintroducing the factory convertible to the American marketplace, a form abandoned punitively as a domestic manufacturers panicked and resisted (as usual) in the face of increasing safety regulation. Brett Berk, Car and Driver, 28 Mar. 2022 Apple holds the keys to that digital marketplace, imposes the rules, and collects up to a 30% cut of sales. Chris Smith, BGR, 28 Mar. 2022 With more than 5,000 daily visitors to the marketplace, customers could purchase access to various compromised devices, including online and credit card accounts for the same victim. Fox News, 23 Mar. 2022 IWG and Instant Group are betting that this, in turn, creates the need for an online marketplace to easily find and book these spaces. Konrad Putzier, WSJ, 15 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of marketplace

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

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Dictionary Entries Near marketplace

market overt


market pot

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16 May 2022

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“Marketplace.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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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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