Meaning of MARKET in English


I. ˈmärkə̇t, ˈmȧk-, usu -ə̇d.+V noun

( -s )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English, from Old North French, from Latin mercatus trade, marketplace, from mercatus, past participle of mercari to trade, from merc-, merx ware, merchandise; akin to Oscan a miricadut without remuneration, and perhaps to Greek marptein to seize, Sanskrit mṛśati he touches; basic meaning: to seize



(1) : a meeting together of people at a stated time and place for the purpose of traffic (as in cattle, provisions, or wares) by private purchase and sale and usually not by auction

(2) : the people assembled at such a meeting

(3) : the privilege in English law of having a public market


(1) : a public place (as an open space in a town or a large building) where a market is held : marketplace ; specifically : a place where provisions are sold at wholesale

the city market

fish market

(2) : a retail establishment usually of a specified kind

a meat market

2. archaic

a. : the act or an instance of buying and selling

every man will speak of the fair as his own market has gone in it — Laurence Sterne

b. : an object of bargaining or dealing

c. : opportunity for buying or selling — usually used in the phrases lose one's market or overstand one's market


a. : the rate or price offered for commodities : market price

b. : the current bid and asked price for a security or other property

ask the broker for the market on this stock

4. : a sphere within which price-making forces operate and in which exchanges in title tend to be followed by actual movement of goods: as

a. : a geographical area of demand for commodities

sell in the southern market

the world market

b. : the course of commercial activity by which the exchange of commodities is effected : condition with respect to demand : extent of demand

the market is dull

the following prices … are eloquent of the declining market — New Biology

c. : a formal organized coming together of buyers and sellers of goods

the stock market

the livestock market

5. : a unit of volume in the lumber trade represented by a log 19 inches in diameter at the small end inside the bark and 13 feet long and containing approximately 200 board feet

- at the market

- away from the market

- in the market

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

intransitive verb

: to deal in a market : to go to market to buy or sell

transitive verb

1. : to expose for sale in a market : traffic in : sell in a market

2. : sell

III. noun

1. : the available supply of or potential demand for specified goods or services

the labor market

has captured more than two-thirds of the cleaning-agent market — Barry Commoner

2. : a specified category of potential buyers

youth market

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