- an open place or a covered building where buyers and sellers convene for the sale of goods; a marketplace: a farmers' market.
- a store for the sale of food: a meat market.
- a meeting of people for selling and buying.
- the assemblage of people at such a meeting.
- trade or traffic, especially as regards a particular commodity: the market in cotton.
- a body of persons carrying on extensive transactions in a specified commodity: the cotton market.
- the field of trade or business: the best shoes in the market.
- demand for a commodity: an unprecedented market for leather.
- a body of existing or potential buyers for specific goods or services: the health-food market.
- a region in which goods and services are bought, sold, or used: the foreign market; the New England market.
- current price or value: a rising market for shoes.
- stock market.
- to buy or sell in a market; deal.
- to buy food and provisions for the home.
- to carry or send to market for disposal: to market produce every week.
- to dispose of in a market; sell.
- at the market, at the prevailing price in the open market.
- in the market for, ready to buy; interested in buying: I'm in the market for a new car.
- on the market, for sale; available: Fresh asparagus will be on the market this week.
Origin of market
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Examples from the Web for market
It may be fun and it may get them paid, until oversaturation ruins our sense for irony and destroys the market for it.Trolls and Martyrdom: Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie
January 9, 2015
Paperback publishers distributed their titles in African-American neighborhoods because it expanded their market base.How Pulp Fiction Saved Literature
January 8, 2015
Mr. Bachner found it by wandering through the market and identified a craftsmen here who works in a tiny booth.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech
January 6, 2015
He expected European capitalism to evolve spontaneously into a market socialism of worker-owned cooperatives.American Democracy Under Threat for 250 Years
December 28, 2014
As more people come online, the most basic tasks—such as going out to the market to sell produce—will become more efficient.Silicon Valley Sets Its Sights on Africa
December 22, 2014
And I think he's going to whipsaw the market to a standstill this time, for sure.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
It occurred to him that he could sell them at a market store in the village.Brave and Bold
He is an old hand, who knows the market and frankly manufactures for it.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
The fewer the marriageable girls, the higher their market value.
Tell briefly about the preparation of coffee for the market.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
- an event or occasion, usually held at regular intervals, at which people meet for the purpose of buying and selling merchandise
- (as modifier)market day
- a place, such as an open space in a town, at which a market is held
- a shop that sells a particular merchandisean antique market
- the market business or trade in a commodity as specifiedthe sugar market
- the trading or selling opportunities provided by a particular group of peoplethe foreign market
- demand for a particular product or commoditythere is no market for furs here
- See stock market
- See market price, market value
- at market at the current price
- be in the market for to wish to buy or acquire
- on the market available for purchase
- play the market
- to speculate on a stock exchange
- to act aggressively or unscrupulously in one's own commercial interests
- buyer's market a market characterized by excess supply and thus favourable to buyers
- seller's market a market characterized by excess demand and thus favourable to sellers
- (tr) to offer or produce for sale
- (intr) to buy or deal in a market
Word Origin and History for market
early 12c., "a meeting at a fixed time for buying and selling livestock and provisions," from Old North French market "marketplace, trade, commerce" (Old French marchiet, Modern French marché), from Latin mercatus "trading, buying and selling, trade, market" (source of Italian mercato, Spanish mercado, Dutch markt, German Markt), from past participle of mercari "to trade, deal in, buy," from merx (genitive mercis) "wares, merchandise," from Italic root *merk-, possibly from Etruscan, referring to various aspects of economics. Meaning "public building or space where markets are held" first attested mid-13c. Sense of "sales, as controlled by supply and demand" is from 1680s. Market value (1690s) first attested in writings of John Locke. Market economy is from 1948; market research is from 1921.
1630s, from market (n.). Related: Marketed; marketing.