market

noun, often attributive
mar·​ket | \ ˈmär-kət How to pronounce market (audio) \

Definition of market

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(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
4a(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
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

market

verb
marketed; marketing; markets

Definition of market (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to deal in a market

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Synonyms & Antonyms for market

Synonyms: Noun

call, demand, request

Synonyms: Verb

deal (in), merchandise (also merchandize), put up, retail, sell, vend

Antonyms: Verb

buy, purchase

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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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Ferrer, meanwhile, seemed only too happy to inherit Craigslist’s share of the adult market, even if that meant assuming its place in the crosshairs. Christine Biederman, WIRED, "Inside Backpage.com’s Vicious Battle With the Feds," 18 June 2019 In fact, after his latest impressive start, the chatter involving the ace potentially being on the trade market is heating up. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Zack Greinke trade rumors: Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher's MLB trade value on the rise?," 17 June 2019 In 2016, the company tried to solidify its share of the top end of the market by paying up to $85 million to acquire Art Agency, Partners, a boutique art advisory firm. New York Times, "Why Sotheby’s Agreed to Be Bought by a Telecom Executive for $3.7 Billion," 17 June 2019 And all the while, be navigating the trade market, and seeing what’s potentially available, either sooner or mid-to-late July. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Will Dodgers’ bullpen doom title hopes? ‘We’re going to figure it out’," 15 June 2019 Several curators will point out the obvious, that for agrarian painters who make a living off their artwork, there just isn’t much of a market for the macabre scenes of today’s feedlots and crammed chicken houses. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "Artists stopped showing us the truth about farming and it’s hurting the planet," 15 June 2019 The cannabis company wants in on the all sides of the hemp market. Ally Marotti, chicagotribune.com, "'This is farming like we’ve never done before.' Illinois hemp farmers face risks with first planting of newly legal crop.," 14 June 2019 That wait-and-see approach appears to characterize much of the team’s thinking regarding the trade market. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, "Dave Dombrowski: ‘We have a club that has a chance to win’," 13 June 2019 America’s is too dysfunctional, and Britain’s too distracted by Brexit, to focus on improving education, infrastructure and the competitiveness of markets. The Economist, "How compatible are democracy and capitalism?," 13 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

LeBron James will show Davis how to market himself off the court and serve as the ideal on-court business partner Davis needs to win an NBA title. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "Anthony Davis to the Lakers: Winners and losers of the blockbuster deal," 16 June 2019 Brands have sought to market themselves as friends of the Earth, and the bigger players are beginning to move that way, too. Kim Bhasin, Fortune, "Chanel Invests in Boston Startup Making Sustainable Silk," 11 June 2019 Are destinations that market themselves as sanctuaries at fault as well? Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Neglectful Sanctuaries and Poached Animals: New Report Reveals the Dark Side of Wildlife Tourism," 7 June 2019 Secular critics scoff that Mr Erdogan’s former enablers will need quite a makeover before marketing themselves as his opponents. The Economist, "Turkey’s President Erdogan may face a mutiny in his own party," 6 June 2019 Or, in this case, made highly addictive opioids, and allegedly marketed them as safe. Norman Vanamee, Town & Country, "How Sackler Became the Most Toxic Name in Philanthropy," 16 May 2019 Advertising Purdue Pharma introduced OxyContin in the 1990s and marketed it hard to doctors, making tens of billions of dollars from the drug. Geoff Mulvihill, The Seattle Times, "Maker of OxyContin agrees to $270M settlement in Oklahoma," 27 Mar. 2019 Still, Starbucks held quite the winning hand: a good-tasting product, money to market it, and stores to distribute it. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Can Anything Stop Pumpkin Spice?," 31 Aug. 2018 This time, though, local builders are pushing the trend by aggressively marketing Sacramento's charms in the Bay Area with advertising campaigns on websites, social media, newspapers and radio. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "Bay Area residents are inundating Sacramento new home websites. Is a coastal wave coming?," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of market

Noun

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

Verb

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

History and Etymology for market

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

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More Definitions for market

market

noun

Financial Definition of market

What It Is

A market is a location where buyers and sellers meet to exchange goods and services at prices determined by the forces of supply and demand.

How It Works

A market may be a physical location or a virtual one over a network (for example, the internet). Here, people who have a specific good or service (the supply) they want to sell interact with people who wish to buy it (the demand).

Prices in a market are determined by changes in supply and demand. If market demand is steady, an increase in market supply results in a decline in market prices and vice versa. If market supply is steady, a rise in demand results in a rise in market prices and vice versa. These relationships are demonstrated in the following graphs:


Producers advertise goods and services to consumers in a market in order to generate demand. Also, the term "market" is closely associated with financial assets and securities prices (for example, the stock market or the bond market).

Why It Matters

A market facilitates transactions between buyers and sellers (financial markets) and producers and consumers (consumer goods and services market). Markets experience fluctuations and price shifts resulting from changes in supply and demand. These changes result from fluctuations in many variables including, but not limited to, consumer preferences and perceptions, the availability of materials, and external sociopolitical events (for example, wars, government spending, and unemployment).

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market

noun

English Language Learners Definition of market

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a place where products are bought and sold
US : a store where foods and often household items are sold
: an area (such as a country or part of a country) where a product or service can be sold

market

verb

English Language Learners Definition of market (Entry 2 of 2)

: to do things that cause people to know about and want to buy (something)
: to offer (something) for sale in a market

market

noun
mar·​ket | \ ˈmär-kət How to pronounce market (audio) \

Kids Definition of market

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a public place where people gather to buy and sell things
2 : a store where foods are sold to the public a meat market
3 : a region in which something can be sold markets for American cotton
4 : an opportunity for selling something There's no market for snowplows in Florida.

market

verb
marketed; marketing

Kids Definition of market (Entry 2 of 2)

: to sell or promote the sale of The shop markets local vegetables.

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market

noun
mar·​ket

Legal Definition of market

1 : the rate or price at which a security or commodity is currently selling : market price
2a : 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
3a : 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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