market

1 of 2

noun

mar·​ket ˈmär-kət How to pronounce market (audio)
often attributive
1
a(1)
: a meeting together of people for the purpose of trade by private purchase and sale and usually not by auction
(2)
: the people assembled at such a meeting
b(1)
: a public place where a market is held
especially : a place where provisions are sold at wholesale
a farmers' market
(2)
: a retail establishment usually of a specified kind
a fish market
2
archaic : the act or an instance of buying and selling
3
: the rate or price offered for a commodity or security
4
a(1)
: a geographic area of demand for commodities or services
sell in the southern market
(2)
: a specified category of potential buyers
the youth market
b
: the course of commercial activity by which the exchange of commodities is effected : extent of demand
the market is dull
c(1)
: an opportunity for selling
a good market for used cars
(2)
: the available supply of or potential demand for specified goods or services
the labor market
d
: the area of economic activity in which buyers and sellers come together and the forces of supply and demand affect prices
producing goods for market rather than for consumption

market

2 of 2

verb

marketed; marketing; markets

transitive verb

1
: to expose for sale in a market
2
: sell

intransitive verb

: to deal in a market
Phrases
in the market
: in the position of being a potential buyer
in the market for a house
on the market
: available for purchase
also : up for sale
put their house on the market

Example Sentences

Noun I stopped at the market on the way home for some juice. They are trying to develop foreign markets for American cotton. The company sells mainly to the Southern market. New markets are opening up all over the world. Advertisers are trying to appeal to the youth market. targeting a more mature market a reference work for the educational market Verb The company has spent millions marketing the latest version of its software. These products are being aggressively marketed to teenagers through television ads. He markets his wares at craft shows. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Place $5+ on any moneyline in a betting market like the NFL or college football. cleveland, 26 Nov. 2022 In Whitewater, the Chamber of Commerce is putting a new holiday market on Saturday at Cravath Lakefront Park and Community Center. Genevieve Redsten, Journal Sentinel, 26 Nov. 2022 Finally, a night market of local vendors will sling apparel and jewelry alongside food trucks. Phillip Valys, Sun Sentinel, 25 Nov. 2022 Because some of those who are producing in India are not able to get a market otherwise. Udita Jhunjhunwala, Variety, 24 Nov. 2022 High Times: New York took a significant step toward launching a legal market for recreational cannabis by approving the first licenses to operate retail dispensaries in the state. Ashley Southall, New York Times, 23 Nov. 2022 Sam Bankman-Fried had invested heavily in the continent, eyeing it as a crypto market with enormous potential. Andrew R. Chow, Time, 23 Nov. 2022 In short, this is a market with plenty of potential to screw people out of their money. Dylan Gyauch-lewis, The New Republic, 23 Nov. 2022 Reading one in use at Durham are gaining in popularity, particularly given a tight job market in the Portland area as well as in the more rural corners of the state, which have long struggled to hire and keep educators. oregonlive, 23 Nov. 2022
Verb
But in some cases, just didn’t have the facilities to even market. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, 7 Nov. 2022 And also to the very specific way that Netflix chooses to market and promote shows. Andy Meek, BGR, 5 Nov. 2022 Politicians and anti-tobacco advocates have accused e-cigarette companies of using flavors and sleek designs to market vaping to U.S. children and teenagers. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 6 Oct. 2022 DeLong makes a strong case that the turn in the 1980s to market fundamentalism was a dismal economic failure. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 12 Sep. 2022 The settlement includes numerous restrictions on how Juul can market its products. Elvia Limón, Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2022 In recent years, the manufacturer has faced intensifying competition in the yogurt sector, as rival brands such as Dannon and Yoplait have launched their own new varieties, while others market yogurt made from oats and other milk alternatives. Jaewon Kang, WSJ, 2 Sep. 2022 The California Film Commission offers tips on how to market your home as a filming site. Jon Healey, Los Angeles Times, 15 Sep. 2022 Figuring out how to market a hot sauce made with the Pompeii Spider Monkey took weeks. Eric Farwell, The New Yorker, 7 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun and Verb

Middle English, probably from Continental Germanic; akin to Old Saxon markat marketplace, Old High German marcāt, both ultimately from Latin mercatus trade, marketplace, from mercari to trade, from merc-, merx merchandise

First Known Use

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of market was in the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near market

Cite this Entry

“Market.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/market. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

market 1 of 2

noun

mar·​ket ˈmär-kət How to pronounce market (audio)
1
a
: a meeting together of people to buy and sell
b
: the people at such a meeting
c
: a public place where a market is held
especially : a place where provisions are sold at wholesale
2
: a store where foods are sold to the public
a meat market
3
a
: a geographic region in which things may be sold
markets for American cotton
b
: a particular category of people who might buy
the youth market
4
: an opportunity for selling
a good market for used cars
in the market
: in the position of being a potential buyer
in the market for a new house
on the market
: available to buy : up for sale
put their house on the market

market

2 of 2

verb

1
: to deal in a market
2
: to offer for sale in a market : sell
marketing
-iŋ
noun

Legal Definition

market

noun

mar·​ket
1
: the rate or price at which a security or commodity is currently selling : market price
2
a
: a geographical area of demand for commodities or services
seeking new foreign markets
b
: a formal organized system enabling the transaction of business between buyers and sellers of commodities
a futures market
see also stock market
c
: a specified category of potential buyers
the youth market
3
a
: the course of commercial activity by which the exchange of commodities is accomplished
the market is quiet
b
: an opportunity for selling
developing new markets
c
: the available supply of or potential demand for specified goods or services
the labor market
the market for durable goods
d
: the area of economic activity in which buyers and sellers come together and the forces of supply and demand affect prices

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