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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Be prepared to meet your new favorite online shopping marketplace. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "The 10 Best Depop Accounts to Shop for '90s Fashion," 13 July 2018 In the seatless Hello! Plaza car, riders will be able to browse a marketplace of Japanese goods, making the train the ultimate tourist attraction. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Hello Kitty bullet train unveiled in Japan," 27 June 2018 Unlike the bustling marketplace of competing outfitters in New Braunfels, most San Marcos tubers get their gear and shuttle service from the city’s concessionaire, a local Lion’s Club. Krista Torralva, San Antonio Express-News, "Water sports plentiful in and around San Antonio," 11 June 2018 Michelle Boorstein is a religion reporter, covering the busy marketplace of American faith. Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post, "How women led to the dramatic rise and fall of Southern Baptist leader Paige Patterson," 10 June 2018 Access to the marketplace of innovative, new technology manufactured by a company outside of the GPO system is easily blocked. WSJ, "What Interest Do Health GPOs Really Serve?," 15 May 2018 In fact, there ends up being a gradual expansion of the idea of what kinds of speech have value and should be circulating in the marketplace of ideas. Randy Dotinga, The Christian Science Monitor, "The 19th-century censor who pushed Americans too far," 10 Apr. 2018 The episode sheds light on Sinclair’s unusual, and underappreciated, place in the marketplace of ideas. The Economist, "Orders to local news anchors cause much embarrassment," 5 Apr. 2018 These are astounding numbers for a society founded on the First Amendment and the belief in the free marketplace of ideas. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Roseanne Barr and Mark Penn Stand Up for Poor Persecuted Conservatives," 3 Apr. 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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