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

Examples of market in a Sentence

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.
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Noun
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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 26 May. 2024.

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

market

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

Noun

Middle English market "market," derived from Latin mercatus "trade, marketplace," derived from mercari "to trade," from merc-, merx "merchandise" — related to commerce, merchant

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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