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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Mir Ziaullah Langau, the provincial home minister, said the suicide bomber had walked up to the marketplace and killed both Shiites and Sunnis. Abdul Sattar, The Seattle Times, "Suicide bombing at open-air market in Pakistan kills 20," 12 Apr. 2019 Among the highlights are cultural booths, museum exhibitions, an international marketplace and concert performances. Michael Candelaria,, "Eatonville Neighborhood Guide," 21 June 2018 Those airstrikes face widespread criticism for hitting marketplaces and hospitals, causing numerous civilian casualties. Washington Post, "UAE’s campaign for Yemen port city a test of ‘Little Sparta’," 18 June 2018 As humanity’s car habit shifts from owning and driving to sharing and riding, the vehicle will evolve from sanctuary to marketplace. Alex Davies, WIRED, "The Dawn of Mobile Convenience Stores—and (Maybe) Free Rides," 6 June 2018 Port Washington Rotary Park: Pirate Family Daze, features historical encampments, family activities, food vendors, marketplace and music, 5-11 p.m. June 1; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. June 2; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 3, N. Franklin St. and E. Grand Ave. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What's going on in Milwaukee this week: June 1-7," 31 May 2018 She will be based in San Francisco and will focus on early-stage investments across business and consumer technologies and marketplaces. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Term Sheet -- Thursday, May 17," 17 May 2018 Anyone who goes will find a cyber-sprawl of illicit marketplaces and pop-up sites where commerce is, by and large, via cryptocurrency. Liz Brody, Glamour, "How Cryptocurrency May Be Harmful to Women—on the Dark Web and Beyond," 7 May 2018 This year's winners include concepts for elegant dinner parties, online marketplaces and an app identifying potentially harmful chemicals in products. Jane Wooldridge, miamiherald, "And the 2018 Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge winners are ..... | Miami Herald," 3 May 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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