[ mahrk-uhp ]
/ ˈmɑrkˌʌp /
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  1. the amount added by a seller to the cost of a commodity to cover expenses and profit in fixing the selling price.
  2. the difference between the cost price and the selling price, computed as a percentage of either the selling price or the cost price.
  3. an increase in price, as of a commodity.
  4. the amount by which a price is increased.
the putting of a legislative bill into final form.
detailed instructions, usually written on a manuscript to be typeset, concerning style of type, makeup of pages, and the like.
Digital Technology. detailed instructions indicating the format, style, or structure for an electronic document or web page.See also markup language.
verb (used with object)
to mark up (a document or web page).
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Origin of markup

First recorded in 1915–20; noun use of verb phrase mark up
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British Dictionary definitions for markup


a percentage or amount added to the cost of a commodity to provide the seller with a profit and to cover overheads, costs, etc
  1. an increase in the price of a commodity
  2. the amount of this increase
verb mark up (tr, adverb)
to add a percentage for profit, overheads, etc, to the cost of (a commodity)
to increase the price of
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Other Idioms and Phrases with markup

mark up


Deface by drawing, cutting, or another means of covering something with marks. For example, John was punished for marking up his desk, or These shoes really mark up the floor.


Raise the price of something, as in This small shop marks up its merchandise much more than department stores do. [Second half of 1800s]

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