[ mahr-kit ]
/ ˈmɑr kɪt /
an open place or a covered building where buyers and sellers convene for the sale of goods; a marketplace: a farmers' market.
a store for the sale of food: a meat market.
a meeting of people for selling and buying.
the assemblage of people at such a meeting.
trade or traffic, especially as regards a particular commodity: the market in cotton.
a body of persons carrying on extensive transactions in a specified commodity: the cotton market.
the field of trade or business: the best shoes in the market.
demand for a commodity: an unprecedented market for leather.
a body of existing or potential buyers for specific goods or services: the health-food market.
a region in which goods and services are bought, sold, or used: the foreign market; the New England market.
current price or value: a rising market for shoes.
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
mar·ket·er, nounmul·ti·mar·ket, adjectivenon·mar·ket, noun, adjectivepre·mar·ket, verb
re·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
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British Dictionary definitions for submarket
/ (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
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
See stock market
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
- to speculate on a stock exchange
- 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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Idioms and Phrases with submarket
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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