[ mahr-kit ]
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  1. an open place or a covered building where buyers and sellers convene for the sale of goods; a marketplace: a farmers' market.

  2. a store for the sale of food: a meat market.

  1. a meeting of people for selling and buying.

  2. the assemblage of people at such a meeting.

  3. trade or traffic, especially as regards a particular commodity: the market in cotton.

  4. a body of persons carrying on extensive transactions in a specified commodity: the cotton market.

  5. the field of trade or business: the best shoes in the market.

  6. demand for a commodity: an unprecedented market for leather.

  7. a body of existing or potential buyers for specific goods or services: the health-food market.

  8. a region in which goods and services are bought, sold, or used: the foreign market; the New England market.

  9. current price or value: a rising market for shoes.

verb (used without object)
  1. to buy or sell in a market; deal.

  2. to buy food and provisions for the home.

verb (used with object)
  1. to advertise (something) to a target audience or for a recommended use: The vacation homes are marketed to retirees and other seniors.This movie was marketed as a horror film, rather than a drama.

  2. to carry or send to market for disposal: to market produce every week.

  1. to dispose of in a market; sell.

Idioms about market

  1. at the market, at the prevailing price in the open market.

  2. in the market for, ready to buy; interested in buying: I'm in the market for a new car.

  1. on the market, for sale; available: Fresh asparagus will be on the market this week.

Origin of market

First recorded in 1100–1150; Middle English market, market(t)e, markat(t)e, late Old English market, from Vulgar Latin marcātus (assumed), from Latin mercātus “trading, traffic, market”; see origin at merchant

Other words for market

Other words from market

  • mar·ket·er, noun
  • mul·ti·mar·ket, adjective
  • non·mar·ket, noun, adjective
  • pre·mar·ket, verb
  • re·mar·ket, verb (used with object)
  • sub·mar·ket, noun
  • un·der·mar·ket, verb (used with object)
  • un·mar·ket·ed, adjective
  • well-mar·ket·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use market in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for market


/ (ˈmɑːkɪt) /

    • 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

  1. a place, such as an open space in a town, at which a market is held

  1. a shop that sells a particular merchandise: an antique market

  2. the market business or trade in a commodity as specified: the sugar market

  3. the trading or selling opportunities provided by a particular group of people: the foreign market

  4. demand for a particular product or commodity: there is no market for furs here

  5. at market at the current price

  6. be in the market for to wish to buy or acquire

  7. on the market available for purchase

  8. play the market

    • to speculate on a stock exchange

    • to act aggressively or unscrupulously in one's own commercial interests

  9. buyer's market a market characterized by excess supply and thus favourable to buyers

  10. seller's market a market characterized by excess demand and thus favourable to sellers

verb-kets, -keting or -keted
  1. (tr) to offer or produce for sale

  2. (intr) to buy or deal in a market

Origin of market

C12: from Latin mercātus; from mercāri to trade, from merx merchandise

Derived forms of market

  • marketer, noun

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with market


see corner the market; drug on the market; flea market; in the market for; on the market; play the market; price out of the market.

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