[ mahr-ki-ting ]
/ ˈmɑr kɪ tɪŋ /


the act of buying or selling in a market.
the total of activities involved in the transfer of goods from the producer or seller to the consumer or buyer, including advertising, shipping, storing, and selling.

Nearby words

  1. market-test,
  2. marketable,
  3. marketable title,
  4. marketeer,
  5. marketer,
  6. marketing mix,
  7. marketing research,
  8. marketplace,
  9. markevich,
  10. markham

Origin of marketing

First recorded in 1555–65; market + -ing1

Related formsin·ter·mar·ket·ing, adjectivepre·mar·ket·ing, adjective


[ mahr-kit ]
/ ˈmɑr kɪt /


verb (used without object)

to buy or sell in a market; deal.
to buy food and provisions for the home.

verb (used with object)

to carry or send to market for disposal: to market produce every week.
to dispose of in a market; sell.

Origin of market

1100–1150; Middle English, late Old English < Vulgar Latin *marcātus, Latin mercātus trading, traffic, market

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for marketing


/ (ˈmɑːkɪtɪŋ) /


the provision of goods or services to meet customer or consumer needs


/ (ˈmɑːkɪt) /


verb -kets, -keting or -keted

(tr) to offer or produce for sale
(intr) to buy or deal in a market
Derived Formsmarketer, noun

Word Origin for market

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

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Word Origin and History for marketing
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with marketing


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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