verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of market
Synonyms for market
- 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
- to speculate on a stock exchange
- to act aggressively or unscrupulously in one's own commercial interests
verb -kets, -keting or -keted
Word Origin for market
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.
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.