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mark·​up ˈmärk-ˌəp How to pronounce markup (audio)
: an amount added to the cost price to determine the selling price
broadly : profit
: a U.S. Congressional committee session at which a bill is put into final form before it is reported out

mark up

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marked up; marking up; marks up

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
Online purveyors who sell the drug directly to consumers in 200 mg/mL vials for an average price of $129 per month are charging the equivalent of $1.55 per mg — a markup of more than 50 times the average Medicare price. Michael Scaturro, CBS News, 16 Mar. 2024 The bags are being resold for astronomical markups. Kalhan Rosenblatt, NBC News, 12 Mar. 2024 What the dealers sell is retail, at markups starting at 100 percent. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 27 Jan. 2024 The legislation aims to prevent scalpers from buying up tickets within minutes of a sale opening and then reselling them at huge markups. Katie Shepherd, Washington Post, 24 Jan. 2024 Restaurateurs typically adhere to a three-hundred-per-cent markup, so that a hanger steak that costs five euros appears on the menu at fifteen, and a filet that costs ten goes for thirty. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2024 Those devices would then be sent back to China and sold at a markup. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Mar. 2024 My patience paid off with a fair deal and no markup. Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2024 Narcotics are sold at a staggering markup in the county jails. Matthew Ormseth, Los Angeles Times, 14 Mar. 2024
Leveraging Inclusive Access, campus bookstores either mark up the price of digital products by 40% compared with direct student purchases or capture the margin by forcing companies to reduce their selling price by 40%. Ryan Craig, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 Clothing brands and retailers, on the other hand, can make much higher margins by significantly marking up prices. Annie Midori Atherton, Washington Post, 31 Jan. 2024 Cuellar marked up the dresses’ retail price by about 200%-250%, and would then collect customer deposits equal to about 50%-100% of the total due, the suit alleges. Jose R. Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic, 7 Mar. 2024 Panera is alleged to have marked up food prices for delivery orders by 5% to 7%, the plaintiffs wrote. Eric Lagatta, The Enquirer, 28 Feb. 2024 For example, this $90 bag would traditionally be marked up to around $200, according to the brand. Erika Reals, Peoplemag, 21 Feb. 2024 The articles of impeachment against Mayorkas The House Homeland Security Committee meets to mark up articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Jan. 30, 2024. Kaia Hubbard, CBS News, 2 Feb. 2024 Really on sale, not like the phony Black Friday deals that were marked up and then discounted. Marla Jo Fisher, Hartford Courant, 3 Jan. 2024 The committee was marking up a criminal contempt resolution against him when the President’s son surprised everyone by showing up, and staying about 10 minutes before departing and creating a media spectacle. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 10 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1868, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of markup was in 1868

Dictionary Entries Near markup

Cite this Entry

“Markup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
mark·​up ˈmär-ˌkəp How to pronounce markup (audio)
: an amount added to the cost price of an article to set the selling price

mark up

2 of 2 verb
: to put a higher price on
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