Definition of market in English:

market

noun

  • 1A regular gathering of people for the purchase and sale of provisions, livestock, and other commodities:

    ‘they wanted to browse around the street market’
    • ‘A taster day is this Friday in Market Square with the main market on Church Street from Saturday to Monday.’
    • ‘It's more important to go to places and explore them a bit, pick up the atmosphere, look at what's on sale at the market.’
    • ‘He's spent more than a decade collecting them at garage sales and markets.’
    • ‘She liked the odd bits and ends she could find in markets or garage sales because it was more unique than store-bought jewelry.’
    • ‘Further, the replacement of fairs and markets by regular shops reduced the costs of retailing.’
    • ‘Farmers fatten livestock for the market so why don't fishermen ranch fish?’
    • ‘In 2001 the residents in Hogan's street had a street party, and have since had garage sales, mini markets and tea parties.’
    • ‘Find a cheap old light fitting at markets, garage sales, etc. and then dismantle it.’
    • ‘It will be on sale at all four markets and at Tourist Information Centres from October.’
    • ‘Another odd similarity was the open air markets in the weekends, where farmers from nearby villages and towns brought their produce to sell.’
    • ‘The EU has implemented an immediate ban on all shows, markets, fairs and sales involving collections of birds within its borders.’
    • ‘Newly-formed Wrose Parish Council want to use the village's recreational ground as a venue for markets, car boot sales and open air concerts.’
    • ‘There is also plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables on sale at the market from All Organic.’
    • ‘I have seen dandelion leaves on sale in French markets and they make a tasty addition to salads - again they have to be young and tender.’
    • ‘There is always a danger, of course, that these events could be taken over by the sort of traders who sell their wares at car-boot sales and regular street markets.’
    • ‘They are usually sold in street markets, car boot sales and are also hawked around pubs.’
    • ‘Concerted people pressure defeated a plan to hold a weekend market and car boot sale at two Morden car parks.’
    • ‘It was a busy day in Nether Wallop when more than 300 people gathered in the village square for a street market and party.’
    • ‘The market had a few vendors selling this and that but again not as many as there usually were.’
    • ‘And far from being one-off events, the vast majority of the markets have become regular dates in the calendar.’
    1. 1.1 An open space or covered building where vendors convene to sell their goods:
      [in place names] ‘Billingsgate Market’
      • ‘They will be looking for a site that would not conflict with the regular market in Market Place.’
      • ‘Is it true that bus drivers do not find customers at Lumumba because all commuters conduct business in areas near the City market?’
      • ‘The markets are open year-round, but she only sells flowers and plants during the winter.’
      • ‘Cities and villages feature open markets, where foodstuffs are sold liberally, along with common household items.’
      • ‘She walks for about fifteen minutes to a huge roofed open air market and sits selling the chicken pieces till the middle of the afternoon.’
      • ‘Farmers are now allowed to sell their surplus crops in open markets.’
      • ‘The market re-opened for the sale of fat cattle and sheep.’
      • ‘There is no justification for allowing illegal traders in open spaces other than the markets.’
      shopping centre, marketplace, mart, retail outlet, flea market, fair, bazaar, piazza, plaza
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  • 2An area or arena in which commercial dealings are conducted:

    ‘the UK market remained in recession’
    ‘the labour market’
    • ‘What we want to do is make sure that others open their markets so that we can sell them our products and services.’
    • ‘Exports to continental EU markets are likely to remain challenging.’
    • ‘This matches the needs from many regional companies who are indeed delivering the bulk of their sales across the Balkan markets.’
    • ‘This means in effect that you will have the right to sell into their markets as much as you like as long as you don't actually do so - in any quantity, that is.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Spain continues to confound business experts by remaining the biggest market for blended whisky.’
    • ‘A leading company is to create 100 new jobs in Southend as part of an ambitious expansion to develop sales in the US market.’
    • ‘Science has shown that Canadian beef is safe, yet export markets remain closed.’
    • ‘The labour market remains fairly tight and employers always have to be on the look-out for new sources of employees.’
    • ‘Many are the companies which have relied heavily on sales into the home market, only to see trends, fashions or buying patterns change.’
    • ‘But it has refused to budge without balancing pledges from developing states to open their markets to industrial goods.’
    • ‘It is essentially a cover to force countries to open up their markets for multinational corporations to plunder.’
    • ‘The exigencies of market forces and the legacy of over-exploited finite resources and deregulated labour markets remain.’
    • ‘The company had also diversified sales to different geographical markets, he said.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, commercial real estate markets remained weak and new construction was limited.’
    • ‘It has also opened up its markets to developing countries.’
    • ‘The gorillas' natural habitat has been gradually destroyed to make way for farmland and cash crops for sale on the global market.’
    • ‘Today a spokesman for the historic firm said the move followed a decision to focus the business on the commercial market in Leeds.’
    • ‘But there is no reason to expect a house price boom - particularly if the labour market and wages growth remain subdued.’
    • ‘American markets are open to all of the CAFTA Central American countries.’
    • ‘These showed operating profits trebled to 655m kronor, thanks to stronger global-equity markets and robust sales.’
    1. 2.1 A demand for a particular commodity or service:
      ‘there is a market for high-priced wine’
      • ‘I think there is definitely a market for someone like me.’
      • ‘The rest refuse to accept there is a market for them.’
      • ‘And this would have provided the market for whatever the vendors were selling.’
      • ‘There's more of a market for coffee in those two countries but fewer Starbucks per capita.’
      • ‘After much deliberation and assessment of the need for the project it was decided that there was a market for a unit of this nature.’
      • ‘The implication was that there was a market for stolen goods.’
      • ‘If they are run properly and legally, and there's a market for them, I can't see the problem.’
      • ‘Malang, like other regional towns of Indonesia, is changing, and a market for new local newspapers is emerging.’
      • ‘I guess there must be a market for them amongst old right-wingers or something…’
      • ‘It struck me that there would be a market for a movie parent-baby event.’
      • ‘I think there'll always be a market for programs like Australian Idol, but the hype will die down eventually.’
      • ‘And she doesn't believe there's a market for landscapers in the native-plant industry.’
      • ‘There is a market for skilled bricklayers and, as one of the directors said, if he wants to find skilled workers at the moment he has to go through agencies.’
      • ‘Sure, there's a market for it - but does it have to be that watered down?’
      • ‘We were creating a market for natural gas and electricity that had never existed before.’
      • ‘There definitely are people like myself who have an interest in it, and there's a market for it, as well.’
      • ‘There's a market for it and it's kind of a sequel to the cassette culture of the '80s and early '90s.’
      • ‘There's clearly a market for movies with troubled, hunky young priests investigating Satanic cults at the heart of the Vatican.’
      • ‘I don't know whether there's a market for that, but why not take a look at it?’
      • ‘An East Lancashire businessman who has run lap-dancing bars in towns and cities said there simply wasn't a market for it in Blackburn.’
      demand, call, want, desire, need, requirement
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    2. 2.2 The state of trade at a particular time or in a particular context:
      ‘the bottom's fallen out of the market’
      • ‘This is difficult to square with a stagnant market with ticket sales stuck at 1922 levels till the late 1930s.’
      • ‘Despite the rumours and the negative air in the trade, the pub market held its own during the first six months of this year.’
      • ‘The services of a CPA firm will be in good demand no matter which way the market or economy goes.’
      • ‘With the economy slowing, and a flood of tail-end boom cars being traded in, the market is in a state of flux.’
      • ‘When any asset becomes that valuable, the market usually responds by trading the asset.’
      trade, trading, business, commerce, buying and selling, dealing
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    3. 2.3 The free market:
      ‘future development cannot be left to the market’
      [as modifier] ‘a market economy’
      • ‘The graduate glut is one more sign of how difficult it is for China to manage a smooth transition to a market economy.’
      • ‘As part of the general transition to a market economy, privatization laws for land have been introduced.’
      • ‘Chechnya also suffers by being cut off from the market economy that is taking root in the rest of Russia.’
      • ‘With each measure one has to ask oneself whether the instrument used is or is not compatible with the market economy.’
      • ‘Ten years ago, the population belonging to the market economy was less than 1 billion.’
      • ‘Workers have suffered massive layoffs during the transition to a market economy.’
      • ‘In other words, every participant in a market economy is both an exporter and an importer.’
      • ‘The nature of the market economy is that there are fluctuations in flows of income and expenses.’
      • ‘It turns out that the market economy operated much more efficiently than most observers had expected.’
      • ‘The closed club prevents the very challenge from the outside that governs and signifies a market economy.’
      • ‘This indicates the challenges of green politics to the unfettered market economy or the excesses of capitalism.’
      • ‘In a market economy, entrepreneurs are people who voluntarily take on uncertainty.’
      • ‘Australia has agreed to recognise China as a market economy, as New Zealand has.’
      • ‘But profits are the lifeblood of a market economy and the key to sustained growth.’
      • ‘Of course, bankruptcy can be a part of the creative destruction that keeps a market economy vital.’
      • ‘He said although the union would like to be given some incentives, Namibia had a market economy.’
      • ‘The logic of the market economy lies in competition, not just privatization.’
      • ‘In a market economy, success goes to those businesses that best serve consumer needs.’
      • ‘By 1820, however, the forces of the market economy had begun to impact the valley.’
      • ‘The magazine noted that the market economy had led to the marginalization of public intellectuals, but they had never been more necessary.’
    4. 2.4 A stock market:
      ‘the sale of the company's shares on world markets’
      • ‘In fact, it's reasonable to say that they are only really suitable for a small minority of those who invest directly in the markets.’
      • ‘It's very well established that the U.S. stock market often leads foreign markets.’
      • ‘So its better to stay invested in the market so as not to miss out on a boom day.’
      • ‘He argued that reducing the supply of shares in the market would benefit all shareholders as the capital value of the stock rose.’
      • ‘As anybody who picked up a bevy of blue chips during the equity bear market will know, a relatively high yield is a proven indicator of value in financial markets.’
      • ‘When you invest in a foreign market, you compound the normal risk of a stock fund with currency risk.’
      • ‘You can minimise your risk of suffering a loss if markets decline after you invest and the average price of your market entry can also be lowered.’
      • ‘Be very careful of backing any companies that need to raise money in the public markets by selling shares.’
      • ‘When the markets are up, you buy fewer shares per dollar invested due to the higher cost per share.’
      • ‘How much do you really know about money and investing in the markets?’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Advertise or promote (something):

    ‘the product was marketed under the name ‘aspirin’’
    • ‘Kraft has allowed us the latitude to promote, distribute and market the brand - our way.’
    • ‘Schnapps products are marketed under the Stortebecker and Rittmeister labels.’
    • ‘Today, having successfully expanded and marketed its own brand name, it is not about to get out of the personal computer business.’
    • ‘The old homepage failed to give advertisers ample space to market their products and services.’
    • ‘Smart architects leverage the brand name of quality products to market their homes.’
    • ‘To consumers, the brand that all of this madness is marketed under is The Final Four.’
    • ‘Healy said he had little choice but to fund and market the project himself.’
    • ‘She marketed her services by mailing promotional packets to civil court judges in select Texas counties.’
    • ‘What PRN needed, Cohen decided, was an exec who knew how to build and market a network.’
    • ‘But, he insisted, all products were marketed and promoted in a responsible way.’
    • ‘Interestingly enough Watkins said Uri has never at any point marketed its products.’
    • ‘The BBC, for example, regularly produces and markets concept prospectuses for sale to their international counterparts.’
    • ‘He cut expenses by outsourcing manufacturing and relying on retail partners to market his products.’
    • ‘To recover its investment, the top display portion of each shed is marketed as commercial advertisement panels.’
    • ‘How do you market a product to young people when millions of them are glued to video game screens instead of TVs?’
    • ‘These days, I concentrate on developing and marketing our mineral water products.’
    • ‘The marriage enabled them to develop innovative ways to market their products.’
    • ‘He teamed up with advertising agency Chemistry to market the launch in March.’
    • ‘It is marketed under the brand name Plan B and is the second product to be labeled by the FDA for this indication.’
    • ‘Parham uses the Internet extensively to network and market her services to potential clients.’
    sell, retail, offer for sale, put up for sale, vend, merchandise, trade, peddle, hawk
    advertise, promote
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    1. 1.1 Offer for sale:
      ‘sheep farmers are still unable to market their lambs’
      • ‘Pop group promoters and others who market official merchandise are also likely to welcome the ruling.’
      • ‘It not only means looking for new avenues to market products, but new reasons why people should need them.’
      • ‘It formed joint ventures to market holiday homes in Spain and Portugal and to broker mortgages.’
      • ‘That came on top of a decision three years ago to allow banks to market insurance products such as annuities.’
      • ‘Let us consider the case of Nestle, who for many years marketed a frozen pizza product that was made with French bread.’
      • ‘Moreover, there were many tomatoes for sale the day she marketed hers.’
      • ‘Businesses are hungry to get on the Web to market their products both in Iran and to the outside world.’
      • ‘In addition, the plant marketed about 6,000 mt of CKD for use as a soil stabilization agent.’
      • ‘Probel obtained the product from a firm in Italy, and marketed it in the Netherlands.’
      • ‘As of the report date, FDA had not determined whether the counterfeit mesh was still being marketed.’
      • ‘Examples of the non-deliberate class include all sorts of drugs marketed before the 1980s or so.’
      • ‘He markets his services to local doctors, hospitals, and professional athletic associations.’
      • ‘Merck and Schering have a joint venture to market the cholesterol drug Vytorin.’
      put up for sale, put on the market, sell, make available, put under the hammer, ask for bids for
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    2. 1.2US [no object] Go shopping for provisions:
      ‘then I have to go uptown and market’

Phrases

  • be in the market for

    • Wish to buy:

      ‘she's in the market for a new laptop’
      • ‘Everybody knows at least one person that they can think of that may be in the market for what you sell (and most will know a lot more).’
      • ‘If I were in the market for a new commuter bike, I'd be well up for one of these.’
      • ‘But I guess if I was in the market for a good urn, it would be helpful to have an ad for it magically appearing at the top of my page.’
      • ‘Besides, I seriously doubted she was in the market for an out-of-work writer who falls asleep driving.’
      • ‘If we announced that we were in the market for fresh ivory, of course that would encourage the poaching of elephants.’
      • ‘Many US-owned maquilas claim to be in the market for locally produced materials and components, backward linkages.’
      • ‘This is interesting news as I happen to be in the market for just such a property’
      • ‘So many computer magazines are more like bridal zines, to be purchased only when one is in the market for something new.’
      • ‘The refinery is not up for sale, and certainly we have no understanding that anyone else in the oil business is in the market for another refinery.’
      • ‘If you'll recall, my bride was in the market for a new car.’
      wishing to buy, in need of, seeking, wanting, lacking, wishing for, desiring
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  • make a market

    • Take part in active dealing in particular shares or other assets:

      ‘the illiquidity of gamma stocks means that it is difficult to make a market in them’
      • ‘But once the investment banks dropped coverage of these companies, their trading departments stopped making a market in their stock and liquidity dried up.’
      • ‘The stock is mainly held by the Burke family and some insiders, but a single broker in Alexandria does make a market in it, and five years ago Testa got his hands on some shares.’
      • ‘If a source is a sell-side analyst covering a stock for a broker who makes a market in that stock, and the source says ‘buy,’ you discount it.’
  • on the market

    • Available for sale:

      ‘she decided to put her flat on the market’
      • ‘H's flat is back on the market, but is not fetching huge amounts of interest at the moment.’
      • ‘Deterred by running such a large building in a smallish market town, they put it on the market.’
      • ‘There's a glut of organic beauty products on the market, but where are the ones for our heads?’
      • ‘The news of the sale came as a welcome surprise as it had been on the market for some time.’
      • ‘If we put it on the market now there's the possibility it may sell very quickly.’
      • ‘Containing aloe vera and moisturiser, the gel will soon be available on the market.’
      • ‘There is nothing on the market that can touch the flavour, texture and colour of real pastry.’
      • ‘Since the flat wasn't on the market, the vendors and I have agreed to do the sale privately.’
      • ‘Is it relevant that the bank has installed the best security system available on the market?’
      • ‘I'm about to have a two-bed flat on the market and dread the search for a pair of tenants.’
      on sale, up for sale, for sale, on offer, purchasable, available, obtainable
      on the block
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Origin

Middle English, via Anglo-Norman French from Latin mercatus, from mercari buy (see also merchant).

Pronunciation:

market

/ˈmɑːkɪt/