stock market


Definition of stock market

2a : a market for particular stocks
b : the market for stocks throughout a country

Examples of stock market in a Sentence

We lost money in the stock market. International stock markets saw declines at the end of the trading day.
Recent Examples on the Web DoorDash made its debut on the stock market in December alongside home-sharing giant Airbnb Inc., which also reports its first earnings as a public company on Thursday. Preetika Rana, WSJ, "DoorDash to Show Narrower Annual Loss as Growth Continues," 25 Feb. 2021 The target company gets a name on the stock market and a quick infusion of cash. The Insider, Forbes, "“SPAC-Tacular” Growth Means More Enforcement Ahead," 25 Feb. 2021 California wine companies are doing what hasn’t been done in 20 years: go on the stock market. Anna Buchmann, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Briefing: Controversial S.F. school renamings on hold," 22 Feb. 2021 Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation, one of the largest clearing houses on the stock market, required nearly 100% of GameStop's share price as collateral for each transaction, Denier said. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "Robinhood raises $2.4B over the weekend in fundraising blitz," 1 Feb. 2021 In the title story, a man taking ever bigger risks on the stock market inadvertently uncovers his staid father's idealistic past as a protester. May-lee Chai Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Review: 'Land of Big Numbers,' by Te-Ping Chen," 29 Jan. 2021 Steelcase floated on the stock market in 1998 and in 2020, was named by Fortune as one of the world’s most admired companies. Popular Science, "Best office chair: Get comfy, stay productive with our office furniture picks," 11 Jan. 2021 For Binx, movies are a refuge existing outside of his daily gains and losses on the stock market, and his longings for his beautiful young secretary, Sharon Kincaid. Michael Washburn, National Review, "The Moviegoer at 60," 27 Dec. 2020 Several of its competitors started trading on the stock market this year and have seen their share prices rocket up. New York Times, "A Race to Become the Tesla of Delivery Trucks and Vans," 22 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of stock market

1809, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of stock market was in 1809

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28 Feb 2021

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“Stock market.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stock market

: the business or activity of buying and selling stocks
: a system for buying and selling stocks or a place where stocks are bought and sold

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Kids Definition of stock market

: a place where shares of stock are bought and sold

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Legal Definition of stock market

2 : a market for particular stocks
3 : the market for stocks throughout a country

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