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

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 The desire of some members of Congress to find ways to make the lives of America's neediest ever more difficult got a full airing Wednesday, in the form of a markup of a bill covering, among other things, the food stamp program. Michael Hiltzik,, "With food stamp bill, GOP once again promotes work requirements that don't work," 18 Apr. 2018 Unfair and inflated markups were another aspect of mattress shopping to tackle — while still crafting a high-quality product with premium materials. Tuft & Needle, kansascity, "'Mattress Stores Are Greedy,' Except For This One (Sponsored) | The Kansas City Star," 14 May 2018 But the two Judiciary Committee leaders came together with the bill's co-sponsors and struck a compromise ahead of Thursday's markup. Jeremy Herb, CNN, "Senate panel approves bill to protect special counsel," 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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: an amount added to the price of something : the difference between the cost of producing something and its selling price

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