pre·​mar·​ket (ˌ)prē-ˈmär-kət How to pronounce premarket (audio)
variants or pre-market
: occurring in the period prior to a product being available for purchase
premarket safety testing
a premarket clinical study of a drug
Dietary supplements are essentially exempt from premarket approval and testing because, unlike many drugs, they do not claim to be effective, pure, and safe.Noel C. Paul
… fixed a premarket problem that led to lost pressure in the control.Bicycling
: occurring prior to the opening of a stock market
premarket trading

Examples of premarket in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web McDonald’s shares were down 0.5% in premarket US trading. Shirley Zhao, Fortune, 15 Mar. 2024 Shares of Boeing fell 7.9% in premarket US trading on Monday as investors assessed any impact on production and planemaker’s long-term outlook. Julie Johnsson, Fortune, 7 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of premarket was in 1923

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Cite this Entry

“Premarket.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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