noun, often attributive
mar·​ket | \ ˈmär-kət How to pronounce market (audio) \

Definition of market

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : a meeting together of people for the purpose of trade by private purchase and sale and usually not by auction
(2) : the people assembled at such a meeting
b(1) : a public place where a market is held especially : a place where provisions are sold at wholesale a farmers' market
(2) : a retail establishment usually of a specified kind a fish market
2 archaic : the act or an instance of buying and selling
3 : the rate or price offered for a commodity or security
4a(1) : a geographic area of demand for commodities or services sell in the southern market
(2) : a specified category of potential buyers the youth market
b : the course of commercial activity by which the exchange of commodities is effected : extent of demand the market is dull
c(1) : an opportunity for selling a good market for used cars
(2) : the available supply of or potential demand for specified goods or services the labor market
d : the area of economic activity in which buyers and sellers come together and the forces of supply and demand affect prices producing goods for market rather than for consumption
in the market
: in the position of being a potential buyer in the market for a house
on the market
: available for purchase also : up for sale put their house on the market


marketed; marketing; markets

Definition of market (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to expose for sale in a market
2 : sell

intransitive verb

: to deal in a market

Synonyms & Antonyms for market

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of market in a Sentence

Noun I stopped at the market on the way home for some juice. They are trying to develop foreign markets for American cotton. The company sells mainly to the Southern market. New markets are opening up all over the world. Advertisers are trying to appeal to the youth market. targeting a more mature market a reference work for the educational market Verb The company has spent millions marketing the latest version of its software. These products are being aggressively marketed to teenagers through television ads. He markets his wares at craft shows.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the current labor market, Kashkari noted that demand for workers exceeds the supply. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 5 Jan. 2022 Why are people more comfortable buying in the secondary market now? Carol Besler, Robb Report, 5 Jan. 2022 Many of those who lost homes drove the road to shop here at King Soopers, where in March a 21-year-old man allegedly killed 10 people with an assault rifle in the market’s grocery aisles. Washington Post, 5 Jan. 2022 Here’s a high-quality portfolio that’s beaten the market consistently since the end of 2016. Trefis Team, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 The first vehicles are slated to hit the market later this year. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Jan. 2022 An 11,268-square-foot, Colonial-style mansion in Coral Gables that was previously owned by the University of Miami and used to house its presidents has hit the market for $39.99 million. Robyn A. Friedman,, 30 Dec. 2021 Its ATVs should hit the market in 2022, Bruneau says. Devon O’neil, Outside Online, 30 Dec. 2021 The six-bedroom main house that Parker called home during his career in San Antonio hit the market this month at $19.5 million. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 28 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb According to Kennedy, Martinez worked with San Antonio resident Karina Hernandez to market and sell the Uberwurx franchise to Mexican national investors. Guillermo Contreras, San Antonio Express-News, 5 Jan. 2022 Morimoto said that most universities don’t have the resources to attempt to gain approval from the Food and Drug Administration to market a game as a medicinal treatment. Connor Sanders, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 Jan. 2022 Snap-on is working with an undisclosed automobile manufacturer to develop equipment packages to market to dealerships for new EV models that are coming out. David Trainer, Forbes, 9 Nov. 2021 Gurman thinks Apple needs two to three more years to bring the foldable iPhone to market, per India Today. Chris Smith, BGR, 2 Aug. 2021 Notwithstanding this knowledge, Johnson & Johnson purposefully chose to market and advertise towards Black women, as a significant component of their business strategy. Rayna Reid, Essence, 29 July 2021 A third of the money came from a $500,000 special appropriation by the Legislature to market and promote the state during the flight, and the rest came from the Tourism Department’s budget, department spokesman Cody Johnson said. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 17 July 2021 This will bring the FF 91 to market and provide a buffer. Viju Mathew, Robb Report, 18 June 2021 The historic development of Covid-19 vaccines is a prime example of how smart regulation can help connect businesses with investors, grow jobs and bring products to market that advance the quality of human life. Tom Quaadman For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 26 May 2021

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First Known Use of market


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for market

Noun and Verb

Middle English, probably from Continental Germanic; akin to Old Saxon markat marketplace, Old High German marcāt, both ultimately from Latin mercatus trade, marketplace, from mercari to trade, from merc-, merx merchandise

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The first known use of market was in the 12th century

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“Market.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of market

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a place where products are bought and sold
: a store where foods and often household items are sold : supermarket
: an area (such as a country or part of a country) where a product or service can be sold



English Language Learners Definition of market (Entry 2 of 2)

: to do things that cause people to know about and want to buy (something)
: to offer (something) for sale in a market : sell


mar·​ket | \ ˈmär-kət How to pronounce market (audio) \

Kids Definition of market

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a public place where people gather to buy and sell things
2 : a store where foods are sold to the public a meat market
3 : a region in which something can be sold markets for American cotton
4 : an opportunity for selling something There's no market for snowplows in Florida.


marketed; marketing

Kids Definition of market (Entry 2 of 2)

: to sell or promote the sale of The shop markets local vegetables.



Legal Definition of market

1 : the rate or price at which a security or commodity is currently selling : market price
2a : a geographical area of demand for commodities or services seeking new foreign markets
b : a formal organized system enabling the transaction of business between buyers and sellers of commodities a futures market — see also stock market
c : a specified category of potential buyers the youth market
3a : the course of commercial activity by which the exchange of commodities is accomplished the market is quiet
b : an opportunity for selling developing new markets
c : the available supply of or potential demand for specified goods or services the labor market the market for durable goods
d : the area of economic activity in which buyers and sellers come together and the forces of supply and demand affect prices

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