What does market mean?

Definitions for market
ˈmɑr kɪtmar·ket

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. market, marketplace, market placenoun

    the world of commercial activity where goods and services are bought and sold

    "without competition there would be no market"; "they were driven from the marketplace"

  2. marketnoun

    the customers for a particular product or service

    "before they publish any book they try to determine the size of the market for it"

  3. grocery store, grocery, food market, marketnoun

    a marketplace where groceries are sold

    "the grocery store included a meat market"

  4. market, securities industrynoun

    the securities markets in the aggregate

    "the market always frustrates the small investor"

  5. marketplace, market place, mart, marketverb

    an area in a town where a public mercantile establishment is set up

  6. marketverb

    engage in the commercial promotion, sale, or distribution of

    "The company is marketing its new line of beauty products"

  7. marketverb

    buy household supplies

    "We go marketing every Saturday"

  8. marketverb

    deal in a market

  9. commercialize, commercialise, marketverb

    make commercial

    "Some Amish people have commercialized their way of life"


  1. Marketnoun

    A specified group of potential buyers, or a region in which goods may be sold; a town, region, or country, where the demand exists; as, the under-30 market; the New Jersey market.

  2. Marketnoun

    An opportunity for selling or buying anything; demand, as shown by price offered or obtainable; as, to find a market for one's wares; there is no market for woolen cloths in that region; India is a market for English goods; there are none for sale on the market; the best price on the market.


  1. marketnoun

    City square or other fairly spacious site where traders set up stalls and buyers browse the merchandise.

  2. marketnoun

    An organised, often periodic, trading event at such site

    The privilege to hold a weekly market was invaluable for any feudal era burgh

  3. marketnoun

    A group of potential customers for one's product.

    We believe that the market for the new widget is the older homeowner.

  4. marketnoun

    A geographical area where a certain commercial demand exist

    Foreign markets were lost as our currency rose versus their valuta

  5. marketnoun

    A formally organized, sometimes monopolistic, system of trading in specified goods or effects

    The stock market ceased to be monopolized by the paper-shuffling national stock exchanges with the advent of Internet markets

  6. marketnoun

    The sum total traded in a process of individuals trading for certain commodities.

  7. marketverb

    To make (products or services) available for sale and promote them.

    We plan to market an ecology model by next quarter.

  8. marketverb

    To sell

    We marketed more this quarter already then all last year!

  9. marketadjective

    Relating to a (commercial) market.

    We waited to hear the latest market results.

  10. Etymology: Recorded since circa 1154, "a meeting at a fixed time for buying and selling livestock and provisions". From markiet (marchié, modern marché), from mercatus, from mercor, itself derived from merx, from the Italic root, possibly stemming from Etruscan, referring to various aspects of economics.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Marketnoun

    Etymology: anciently written mercat, of mercatus, Lat.

    It were good that the privilege of a market were given, the rather to enable them to their defence; for there is nothing doth sooner cause civility than many market towns, by reason the people repairing often thither will learn civil manners. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.

    Mistress, know yourself, down on your knees,
    And thank heav’n, fasting, for a good man’s love:
    For I must tell you friendly in your ear,
    Sell when you can, you are not for all markets. William Shakespeare.

    They counted our life a pastime, and our time here a market for gain. Wisd. xv. 12.

    If one bushel of wheat and two bushels of barley will, in the market, be taken one for another, they are of equal worth. John Locke.

    With another year’s continuance of the war, there will hardly be money left in this kingdom to turn the common markets, or pay rents. William Temple.

    The precious weight
    Of pepper and Sabæan incense take,
    And with post-haste thy running market make,
    Be sure to turn the penny. John Dryden, Persius.

    ’Twas then old soldiers, cover’d o’er with scars,
    Thought all past services rewarded well,
    If, to their share, at least two acres fell,
    Their country’s frugal bounty; so of old
    Was blood and life at a low market sold. John Dryden, Juv.

  2. To Marketverb

    To deal at a market; to buy or sell; to make bargains.


  1. market

    A market is a setting or system wherein buyers and sellers interact to buy or sell goods, services, commodities or assets. This interaction allows for the exchange of these items at prices determined by supply and demand. Markets can exist both in physical locations, like a farmer's market or stock exchange, or virtually, such as online retail stores or digital stock exchanges.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Marketnoun

    a meeting together of people, at a stated time and place, for the purpose of traffic (as in cattle, provisions, wares, etc.) by private purchase and sale, and not by auction; as, a market is held in the town every week

  2. Marketnoun

    a public place (as an open space in a town) or a large building, where a market is held; a market place or market house; esp., a place where provisions are sold

  3. Marketnoun

    an opportunity for selling anything; demand, as shown by price offered or obtainable; a town, region, or country, where the demand exists; as, to find a market for one's wares; there is no market for woolen cloths in that region; India is a market for English goods

  4. Marketnoun

    exchange, or purchase and sale; traffic; as, a dull market; a slow market

  5. Marketnoun

    the price for which a thing is sold in a market; market price. Hence: Value; worth

  6. Marketnoun

    the privelege granted to a town of having a public market

  7. Marketverb

    to deal in a market; to buy or sell; to make bargains for provisions or goods

  8. Marketverb

    to expose for sale in a market; to traffic in; to sell in a market, and in an extended sense, to sell in any manner; as, most of the farmes have marketed their crops

  9. Etymology: [Akin to D. markt, OHG. markt, merkt, G. markt; all fr.L. mercatus trade, market place, fr. mercari, p. p. mercatus, to trade, traffic, merx, mercis, ware, merchandise, prob. akin to merere to deserve, gain, acquire: cf. F. march. See Merit, and cf. Merchant, Mart.]


  1. Market

    A market is one of the many varieties of systems, institutions, procedures, social relations and infrastructures whereby parties engage in exchange. While parties may exchange goods and services by barter, most markets rely on sellers offering their goods or services in exchange for money from buyers. It can be said that a market is the process by which the prices of goods and services are established. For a market to be competitive, there must be more than a single buyer or seller. It has been suggested that two people may trade, but it takes at least three persons to have a market, so that there is competition in at least one of its two sides. However, competitive markets, as understood in formal economic theory, rely on much larger numbers of both buyers and sellers. A market with single seller and multiple buyers is a monopoly. A market with a single buyer and multiple sellers is a monopsony. These are the extremes of imperfect competition. Markets vary in form, scale, location, and types of participants, as well as the types of goods and services traded. Examples include: ⁕Physical retail markets, such as local farmers' markets, shopping centers, market restaurants, and shopping malls

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Market

    mär′ket, n. a public place for the purposes of buying and selling: the time for the market: sale: rate of sale: value.—v.i. to deal at a market: to buy and sell.—ns. Marketabil′ity, Mar′ketableness.—adj. Mar′ketable, fit for the market: saleable.—ns. Mar′ket-bell (Shak.), a bell to give notice of the time; Mar′ket-cross, a cross anciently set up where a market was held; Mar′ket-day, the fixed day on which a market is usually held; Mar′keter; Mar′ket-gar′den, a garden in which fruit and vegetables are grown for market; Mar′ket-gar′dener; Mar′ket-house, a building in which a market is held; Mar′keting, the act or practice of buying and selling in market; Mar′ket-place, the open space in a town where markets are held; Mar′ket-price, the price at which anything is sold in the market: the current price; Mar′ket-town, a town having the privilege of holding a public market. [Through the O. Fr. (Fr. marché, It. mercato), from L. mercatus, trade, a market—merx, merchandise.]

Editors Contribution

  1. market

    The customers for commodities, specific goods, product or service.

    The market is a beautiful environment to purchase products.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 19, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Market is ranked #33567 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Market surname appeared 679 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Market.

    73.6% or 500 total occurrences were White.
    22.2% or 151 total occurrences were Black.
    2.5% or 17 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.7% or 5 total occurrences were of two or more races.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'market' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #288

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'market' in Written Corpus Frequency: #629

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'market' in Nouns Frequency: #62

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'market' in Verbs Frequency: #831

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of market in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of market in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of market in a Sentence

  1. Craig Fox:

    It takes about 10 to 12 years to take a drug from the concept to the market, it's often described as trying to find a needle in a haystack.

  2. Michael Corbat:

    From what we see, economic growth is stronger and more resilient than recent market volatility would indicate.

  3. Matt Stucky:

    There are so many retail investors in the market, there has been more episodic volatility that has captured a lot of attention.

  4. Takuya Takahashi:

    The market rallied today but the gain is not as big as that of Wall Street because investors are worried that a weaker dollar to the yen is going to cut back on Japanese exporters' profits.

  5. Starwood Chief Executive Thomas Mangas:

    ( Anbang) told us what they told the market,( that their withdrawal was due to) the market considerations.

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