mark·​up | \ˈmärk-ˌəp \

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


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

Yet such steep markups are common at hospitals, said Rickert, who was not involved in Young’s care. Liz Szabo, Washington Post, "Sticker Shock Jolts Oklahoma Patient: $15,076 For Four Tiny Screws," 14 May 2018 Then in mid-August, the markup for the bill was abruptly canceled, with little explanation. Benjamin Wofford, Vox, "The midterms are already hacked. You just don’t know it yet.," 25 Oct. 2018 According to the British Columbia Liquor Distribution Branch, which will run the Kamloops store, wholesale marijuana will cost stores between $5 and $11 a gram before retail markup. Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times, "Canada is about to legalize cannabis; here’s what you need to know," 14 Oct. 2018 At a markup yesterday of the House Agriculture Committee's farm bill, Yoho offered, then withdrew, an amendment requiring a report on moving jurisdiction to USDA. Marc Heller, Science | AAAS, "U.S. agencies clash over who should regulate genetically engineered livestock," 19 Apr. 2018 In August of that year, members of Congress started asking Mylan about the more than 400% markup of EpiPens. David Lazarus,, "Always look on the bright side of life, says CEO who raised EpiPen price by more than 400%," 5 June 2018 Way's big payday came in November 2017, when American Leadership bought the campus from Schoolhouse Higley for $62.5 million — a roughly $15 million profit or about a 32 percent markup. Craig Harris, azcentral, "Arizona charter school founder makes millions building his own schools," 11 July 2018 In Tuesday’s vote, Republicans are targeting a 2013 analysis issued by the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that warned auto lenders against making discretionary markups when financing loans for auto buyers. USA TODAY, "House poised to nix anti-discrimination rule as part of broader push to unravel Obama regulations," 8 May 2018 The individual ingredients are purchased cheaply, but sold at exorbitant markups once they are mixed together. William Bender,, "Wolf cracks down on costly pain creams, workers' comp pharmacies," 26 Apr. 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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: an amount added to the price of something : the difference between the cost of producing something and its selling price

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