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


The retail markup on their products is 25 percent. selling used cars at high markups

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Hospitals are particularly hard hit and frequently must scramble to find scarce medicines, often at huge price markups, or come up with workarounds that may not be as effective or safe for patients. Fox News, "Hospital groups launch own company to make generic drugs," 7 Sep. 2018 There’s the constituent breakfast, followed by a judiciary committee markup. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Personable, Popular, Pragmatic: Is Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar the Democrat’s Secret Weapon?," 15 Jan. 2019 The HomePod in China will cost RMB 2,799 or about $408.21, which is a markup from the American price of around $350. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Apple’s HomePod will come to China early next year," 5 Dec. 2018 But folks who were lucky enough to snag tickets with a face value of $35-$60 to the April 20 event at the Harris Theater have slapped a hefty markup on the secondary market. Kim Janssen,, "Yours for $1,000: A ticket to hear James Comey plug his book," 3 Apr. 2018 Even better, Ceremony’s direct-to-consumer model means its rings are free of the usual industry markups. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "21 of the Most Stunning Unconventional Engagement Rings Under $1,000," 17 Jan. 2019 This lightweight watch offers a classy and classic look without the designer or name-brand markup. David Lazarus, The Seattle Times, "8 great smartwatch picks (that aren’t Apple)," 7 Jan. 2019 The Trump siblings split the markup, along with Walter. Susanne Craig, The Seattle Times, "Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from father," 2 Oct. 2018 The federal procedures limited book orders to three vendors and included a 30 percent markup. Ann E. Marimow, Washington Post, "In a reversal, Md. prison officials lift limits on access to books for inmates," 11 June 2018

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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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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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