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 Beyond the obvious benefit to patients, quality manufacturing is also a key to fostering a healthy, sustainable marketplace for all biologic medicines, including biosimilars. Leah Christl, STAT, "From bench to bedside, biologics require excellence at every stage," 13 Feb. 2020 That came alongside an expansion of the marketplace beyond just shoes. Eben Novy-williams,, "NBA’s New Japanese Star Partners With Sneaker Reseller Goat," 23 Jan. 2020 Yura’s marketplaces, for example, use stock photos of assassins or photos pulled from Google image searches. Brian Merchant, Harper's magazine, "Click Here to Kill," 31 Dec. 2019 Research is the niche that’s been buffeted most violently by the forces crashing into the finance industry: technology, regulation, and the demands of the marketplace itself., "Analyst jobs vanish as a perfect storm crashes into research - The Boston Globe," 20 Dec. 2019 In March 2017, Sandeep Aggarwal filed a criminal defamation case against Sethi and Radhika Aggarwal accusing them of downplaying his role in the creation of the online marketplace. Itika Sharma Punit, Quartz India, "Shopclues’ sale for a pittance lets out Indian e-commerce’s open secret: distress," 1 Nov. 2019 In terms of the marketplace, there's a lot of opportunities for horse-trading. Nick Romano,, "All eight Harry Potter films magically arrive on HBO Max for platform launch," 27 May 2020 But the discovery and confirmation of the fraudulent keys in this one specific case come only after years of controversy and argument over the role of the marketplace. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "G2A confirms stolen game key sales, pays $40,000 to Factorio devs," 21 May 2020 Tickets purchased through a second party like StubHub will be subject to the policy of the ticket marketplace, according to the Tigers. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Have Detroit Tigers tickets for postponed games? Here's how to receive refund or credit," 30 Apr. 2020

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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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31 May 2020

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“Marketplace.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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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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