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

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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 Shoppers scouring the internet say they are being hit with eye-bulging prices as third-party sellers test what the market will bear. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus price gouging: 33 top cops demand action from Amazon, eBay, Craigslist, Facebook and Walmart," 26 Mar. 2020 Phase One cheered the markets and helped lift the nation’s growth prospects at the start of 2020. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "The quickest way to boost the economy isn’t even being considered. Why?," 25 Mar. 2020 In the lower right-hand corner a box documented the market’s delirious approval of Trump’s bizarre recent push to ease the state of emergency around the coronavirus pandemic to aid the economy. Jared Yates Sexton, The New Republic, "The Cult of the Shining City Embraces the Plague," 25 Mar. 2020 Certain segments of the employment market such as hospitality and retail are particularly vulnerable. Alexandria Burris, Indianapolis Star, "As unemployment claims surge, how Indiana's benefits compare to neighboring states," 25 Mar. 2020 The stock market fell again on Monday, despite the Federal Reserve announcing yet more measures to stabilize the credit markets and the economy. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "It’s Time to Establish a New Reconstruction Finance Corporation," 24 Mar. 2020 Iran has suspended schools and banned spectators from stadiums, but religious shrines remain open and the markets and streets are still crowded in the capital, Tehran, which has been hit hardest by the virus. Bloomberg.com, "Iran Death Toll From Virus Passes 600, Syria Shuts Schools," 24 Mar. 2020 Without data from pivotal clinical trials, new drug filings will be delayed, meaning some important new medicines will take longer to reach the market. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, "As Covid-19 spreads, disruptions to clinical trial and drug development accelerate," 23 Mar. 2020 Qualcomm really threw a wrench into the flagship SoC market for 2020 with the Snapdragon 865. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Reports: Google, LG, don’t want Qualcomm’s super-expensive Snapdragon 865," 23 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Jeni's is not the first company marketing a product based on the shelter-at-home / social-distancing climate. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Jeni’s creates ‘Sunshine’ ice cream while breweries’ beers adopt stay-at-home order names," 10 May 2020 Given the possibility that schools will remain at least partly closed in the fall, Chicago Jewish Day School is now marketing itself as a leader in remote learning, with a slick video aimed at parents. Dana Goldstein, New York Times, "The Class Divide: Remote Learning at 2 Schools, Private and Public," 9 May 2020 Stream Realty Partners is marketing the new business park. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Chicago developer starts Mesquite business park," 21 Apr. 2020 But these performance features are also marketing for the brands pushing them. Marc Bain, Quartz, "Nike’s new Olympic shoes prove technology is the future of design," 5 Feb. 2020 The essential skills are marketing the product and raising capital. Marc Levinson, WSJ, "‘Billion Dollar Brand Club’ Review: Clicking the ‘Disrupt’ Button," 3 Feb. 2020 Red Dome Realty and Boston Commercial Properties are marketing the property. BostonGlobe.com, "Mattapan church puts 25 acres of land in Roslindale up for sale," 27 Jan. 2020 To reiterate, the crux of this strategy is marketing effectiveness and not language chauvinism. Karthik Srinivasan, Quartz India, "How brands are hurting themselves with pan-India “Hinglish” ads," 25 Dec. 2019 And companies such as Sema4 and BabyGenes are now marketing 23andMe-style direct-to-consumer tests to parents simply seeking to know more about the health of their baby. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, "23 and Baby," 24 Dec. 2019

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

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24 Apr 2020

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“Market.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/market. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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
How to pronounce market (audio)

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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