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.

Nearby words

  1. marked,
  2. marked man, a,
  3. markedly,
  4. marker,
  5. marker trait,
  6. market abuse,
  7. market analysis,
  8. market basket,
  9. market boat,
  10. market economy


Origin of market

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

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British Dictionary definitions for on the market



  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 on the market
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Idioms and Phrases with on the market

on the market

For sale; also, available for buying. For example, We've put the boat on the market, or This is the only tandem bicycle on the market right now. This phrase, first put as in the market, dates from the late 1600s; the first recorded use of the phrase with on was in 1891. Also see drug on the 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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