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.


    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

1100–1150; Middle English, late Old English < Vulgar Latin *marcātus, Latin mercātus trading, traffic, market
Related formsmar·ket·er, nounmul·ti·mar·ket, adjectivenon·mar·ket, noun, adjectivepre·mar·ket, verbre·mar·ket, verb (used with object)sub·mar·ket, nounun·der·mar·ket, verb (used with object)un·mar·ket·ed, adjectivewell-mar·ket·ed, adjective

Synonyms for market Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for multimarket



  1. an event or occasion, usually held at regular intervals, at which people meet for the purpose of buying and selling merchandise
  2. (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
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
  1. to speculate on a stock exchange
  2. 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

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 multimarket



1630s, from market (n.). Related: Marketed; marketing.



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with multimarket


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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