marketplace

noun
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 Shares in eBay jumped 8.8% after The Wall Street Journal reported that the owner of the New York Stock Exchange has offered to buy the online marketplace for more than $30 billion, citing unnamed people familiar with the matter. Washington Post, "Asian shares up on China efforts despite virus worries," 5 Feb. 2020 Shares in eBay jumped 8.8 percent after The Wall Street Journal reported that the owner of the New York Stock Exchange has offered to buy the online marketplace for more than $30 billion, citing unnamed people familiar with the matter. BostonGlobe.com, "Tech stocks lead indexes broadly higher; Nasdaq sets record," 4 Feb. 2020 But the Chiefs have already won the battle for tickets sold across the U.S. through a top online marketplace. USA Today, "The Chiefs and 49ers are in the Super Bowl. But Dallas Cowboys have the most ticket-selling power," 31 Jan. 2020 Unlike other online rental marketplaces, information about the property and the host is kept private from the general public — only members can view it. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "'Golightly' is a New Vacation Rental Service That Works to Give Women Peace of Mind When Booking Lodging," 23 Jan. 2020 More than half of the items sold on Amazon.com come from third-party sellers, who post their goods for sale on Amazon's online marketplace. CBS News, "Amazon bars sellers from using FedEx for some deliveries," 17 Dec. 2019 The phenomenon was short-lived after the rise of catfishing and the infamous Craigslist Killer scandal, as finding love in an online marketplace didn’t allow much room for proper screening. Brianna Holt, Quartzy, "Twitter and Instagram are arguably the best dating apps around," 22 Nov. 2019 Andrea Brooks is the founder and CEO of Sava, an online educational cannabis marketplace based in California. Andrea Brooks, SELF, "The Conversation About Medical Cannabis I Wish I'd Been Able to Have With My Doctor," 21 Nov. 2019 Another bill lawmakers approved in the closing hours of the veto session would require online marketplaces like eBay and Etsy to collect state and local sales taxes on purchases made by Illinois residents. Dan Petrella, chicagotribune.com, "Illinois lawmakers approve cannabis, insulin measures, but flavored vaping ban and student athlete endorsement bills are left by wayside," 15 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of marketplace

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

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The first known use of marketplace was in the 14th century

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9 Feb 2020

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“Marketplace.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/marketplace. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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marketplace

noun
How to pronounce marketplace (audio)

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

marketplace

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

Kids Definition of marketplace

: a location where public sales are held

marketplace

noun
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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