mark·​up | \ ˈmärk-ˌəp How to pronounce markup (audio) \

Definition of markup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an amount added to the cost price to determine the selling price broadly : profit
2 : a U.S. Congressional committee session at which a bill is put into final form before it is reported out

mark up

marked up; marking up; marks up

Definition of mark up (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to put a markup on

Examples of markup in a Sentence

Noun The retail markup on their products is 25 percent. selling used cars at high markups
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The committee meeting, known as a markup, comes after three deadly mass shootings in the month of August that killed 38 people in total. Grace Segers, CBS News, "House committee pushes forward on gun control bills as Senate and Trump waver," 10 Sep. 2019 At $199 for your own bespoke pair, customization comes at a $50 premium—a significant markup on an already expensive headset. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Astro's new Astro.ID program lets you build your own stylish A40 gaming headset," 3 Sep. 2019 With only rare exceptions would markups exceed twice their wholesale cost for a bottle. Dale Robertson, Houston Chronicle, "Ibiza restaurant in Midtown is closing," 5 Aug. 2019 Even if one were scheduled, there wouldn’t be enough time to move the legislation through markup and two readings before the full council before Oct. 1. Luz Lazo, Washington Post, "Mayor Bowser is using Twitter in her fight to keep the DC Circulator free," 24 Aug. 2019 Fans can buy second-hand tickets from other fans on AXS’s website, typically at a high markup plus a hefty surcharge. Dylan Owens, The Know, "Mission Ballroom’s hot tickets have fans feeling burned by quick sell-outs and high resale prices," 16 Aug. 2019 His reasoning was that street prices substantially reflect retail markup. Gabriel Rossman, National Review, "Mark Kleiman Was the Nation’s Greatest Thinker on Drug Policy," 23 July 2019 In reality, though, the markup can be more than double. Kelsey Sheehy,, "How to join the cannabis business boom," 25 June 2019 Investors are happy if Amazon becomes more of a sales conduit and less of a conventional retailer that buys blenders from manufacturers and sells them at a markup. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Amazon lets us understand it — and Prime Day — a little better," 18 July 2019

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First Known Use of markup


1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1868, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of markup was in 1868

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Cite this Entry

“Markup.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of markup

: an amount added to the price of something : the difference between the cost of producing something and its selling price

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