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 In essence, the $150 markup over the Pixel 4A gets you 5G, a snappier Snapdragon 765G processor, possibly a bit more battery life, an ultrawide camera with some other imaging enhancements, plus a bigger screen. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, "The Pixel 5 Is Banking on Its Price and Simplicity," 30 Sep. 2020 That’s a markup of roughly 1,774% over retail, according to the court filing. Christopher Snowbeck, Star Tribune, "St. Paul man accused of selling N95 masks at unreasonably high prices agrees to pay $6,800," 14 Aug. 2020 Because there is no premium seating on Zoom — a major financial roadblock; that kind of markup is how Broadway producers make their money — the group is investigating other ways to increase revenue. Washington Post, "A performer was put out of work by shutdown. He responded by going on Zoom and reading people’s minds.," 15 Dec. 2020 The company buys gas at a wholesale rate and passes that price on to customers without any markup. Dave Lieber, Dallas News, "Why does Atmos Energy predict your gas bill will increase by 42% in the next five years?," 19 Nov. 2020 In theory, a patient would pay the wholesale price with a small markup for the wholesaler’s profit. Robin Feldman, STAT, "Make list price the touchstone for drug pricing across the supply chain," 23 Nov. 2020 Berger, whose Tabaholism was second to none, would have recoiled at such a markup. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what’s happening Wednesday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area," 28 Oct. 2020 Profit, then, is simply the markup multiplied by the number of products that can be sold. Amitrajeet A. Batabyal, The Conversation, "China makes it incredibly hard for foreign businesses to operate – but they stay because the money is just too good," 19 Oct. 2020 Bling Capital led the round and was joined by investors including Accomplice and Alumni Ventures Group. – BlackBoiler, an Arlington, Va.-based contract markup technology provider, raised $3.2 million in funding. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Car-sharing startup Getaround raises $140 million," 14 Oct. 2020

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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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10 Jan 2021

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“Markup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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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