Definition of market in English:



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

    ‘farmers going to market’
    • ‘Find a cheap old light fitting at markets, garage sales, etc. and then dismantle it.’
    • ‘A taster day is this Friday in Market Square with the main market on Church Street from Saturday to Monday.’
    • ‘The market had a few vendors selling this and that but again not as many as there usually were.’
    • ‘She liked the odd bits and ends she could find in markets or garage sales because it was more unique than store-bought jewelry.’
    • ‘Concerted people pressure defeated a plan to hold a weekend market and car boot sale at two Morden car parks.’
    • ‘In 2001 the residents in Hogan's street had a street party, and have since had garage sales, mini markets and tea parties.’
    • ‘There is also plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables on sale at the market from All Organic.’
    • ‘It will be on sale at all four markets and at Tourist Information Centres from October.’
    • ‘It was a busy day in Nether Wallop when more than 300 people gathered in the village square for a street market and party.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He's spent more than a decade collecting them at garage sales and markets.’
    • ‘Farmers fatten livestock for the market so why don't fishermen ranch fish?’
    • ‘They are usually sold in street markets, car boot sales and are also hawked around pubs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Further, the replacement of fairs and markets by regular shops reduced the costs of retailing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And far from being one-off events, the vast majority of the markets have become regular dates in the calendar.’
    1. 1.1An open space or covered building where vendors convene to sell their goods.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There is no justification for allowing illegal traders in open spaces other than the markets.’
      • ‘Cities and villages feature open markets, where foodstuffs are sold liberally, along with common household items.’
      • ‘The market re-opened for the sale of fat cattle and sheep.’
      • ‘Farmers are now allowed to sell their surplus crops in open markets.’
      • ‘The markets are open year-round, but she only sells flowers and plants during the winter.’
      • ‘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?’
      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 sale of cruisers in the American market continues to plummet’
    ‘the labor 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.’
    • ‘The labour market remains fairly tight and employers always have to be on the look-out for new sources of employees.’
    • ‘The gorillas' natural habitat has been gradually destroyed to make way for farmland and cash crops for sale on the global market.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, commercial real estate markets remained weak and new construction was limited.’
    • ‘Many are the companies which have relied heavily on sales into the home market, only to see trends, fashions or buying patterns change.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘American markets are open to all of the CAFTA Central American countries.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Spain continues to confound business experts by remaining the biggest market for blended whisky.’
    • ‘But it has refused to budge without balancing pledges from developing states to open their markets to industrial goods.’
    • ‘The exigencies of market forces and the legacy of over-exploited finite resources and deregulated labour markets remain.’
    • ‘Today a spokesman for the historic firm said the move followed a decision to focus the business on the commercial market in Leeds.’
    • ‘This matches the needs from many regional companies who are indeed delivering the bulk of their sales across the Balkan markets.’
    • ‘The company had also diversified sales to different geographical markets, he said.’
    • ‘It has also opened up its markets to developing countries.’
    • ‘These showed operating profits trebled to 655m kronor, thanks to stronger global-equity markets and robust sales.’
    • ‘It is essentially a cover to force countries to open up their markets for multinational corporations to plunder.’
    • ‘But there is no reason to expect a house price boom - particularly if the labour market and wages growth remain subdued.’
    1. 2.1A demand for a particular commodity or service.
      ‘there is a market for ornamental daggers’
      • ‘There definitely are people like myself who have an interest in it, and there's a market for it, as well.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And she doesn't believe there's a market for landscapers in the native-plant industry.’
      • ‘I don't know whether there's a market for that, but why not take a look at it?’
      • ‘We were creating a market for natural gas and electricity that had never existed before.’
      • ‘Malang, like other regional towns of Indonesia, is changing, and a market for new local newspapers is emerging.’
      • ‘There's clearly a market for movies with troubled, hunky young priests investigating Satanic cults at the heart of the Vatican.’
      • ‘The implication was that there was a market for stolen goods.’
      • ‘I think there is definitely a market for someone like me.’
      • ‘The rest refuse to accept there is a market for them.’
      • ‘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 more of a market for coffee in those two countries but fewer Starbucks per capita.’
      • ‘I guess there must be a market for them amongst old right-wingers or something…’
      • ‘Sure, there's a market for it - but does it have to be that watered down?’
      • ‘I think there'll always be a market for programs like Australian Idol, but the hype will die down eventually.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If they are run properly and legally, and there's a market for them, I can't see the problem.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It struck me that there would be a market for a movie parent-baby event.’
      • ‘And this would have provided the market for whatever the vendors were selling.’
      demand, call, want, desire, need, requirement
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    2. 2.2The state of trade at a particular time or in a particular context.
      ‘the bottom's fallen out of the market’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When any asset becomes that valuable, the market usually responds by trading the asset.’
      • ‘This is difficult to square with a stagnant market with ticket sales stuck at 1922 levels till the late 1930s.’
      • ‘With the economy slowing, and a flood of tail-end boom cars being traded in, the market is in a state of flux.’
      trade, trading, business, commerce, buying and selling, dealing
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    3. 2.3The free market; the operation of supply and demand.
      ‘future development cannot simply be left to the market’
      [as modifier] ‘a market economy’
      • ‘In a market economy, success goes to those businesses that best serve consumer needs.’
      • ‘The logic of the market economy lies in competition, not just privatization.’
      • ‘As part of the general transition to a market economy, privatization laws for land have been introduced.’
      • ‘The graduate glut is one more sign of how difficult it is for China to manage a smooth transition to a market economy.’
      • ‘Workers have suffered massive layoffs during the transition to a market economy.’
      • ‘By 1820, however, the forces of the market economy had begun to impact the valley.’
      • ‘But profits are the lifeblood of a market economy and the key to sustained growth.’
      • ‘The nature of the market economy is that there are fluctuations in flows of income and expenses.’
      • ‘In other words, every participant in a market economy is both an exporter and an importer.’
      • ‘Ten years ago, the population belonging to the market economy was less than 1 billion.’
      • ‘The magazine noted that the market economy had led to the marginalization of public intellectuals, but they had never been more necessary.’
      • ‘The closed club prevents the very challenge from the outside that governs and signifies a market economy.’
      • ‘Australia has agreed to recognise China as a market economy, as New Zealand has.’
      • ‘It turns out that the market economy operated much more efficiently than most observers had expected.’
      • ‘He said although the union would like to be given some incentives, Namibia had a market economy.’
      • ‘Of course, bankruptcy can be a part of the creative destruction that keeps a market economy vital.’
      • ‘This indicates the challenges of green politics to the unfettered market economy or the excesses of capitalism.’
      • ‘With each measure one has to ask oneself whether the instrument used is or is not compatible with the market economy.’
      • ‘In a market economy, entrepreneurs are people who voluntarily take on uncertainty.’
      • ‘Chechnya also suffers by being cut off from the market economy that is taking root in the rest of Russia.’
    4. 2.4A stock market.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘So its better to stay invested in the market so as not to miss out on a boom day.’
      • ‘Be very careful of backing any companies that need to raise money in the public markets by selling shares.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When you invest in a foreign market, you compound the normal risk of a stock fund with currency risk.’
      • ‘When the markets are up, you buy fewer shares per dollar invested due to the higher cost per share.’
      • ‘It's very well established that the U.S. stock market often leads foreign markets.’
      • ‘He argued that reducing the supply of shares in the market would benefit all shareholders as the capital value of the stock rose.’
      • ‘How much do you really know about money and investing in the markets?’


  • 1 Advertise or promote (something)

    ‘the product was marketed under the name “aspirin.”’
    • ‘Healy said he had little choice but to fund and market the project himself.’
    • ‘These days, I concentrate on developing and marketing our mineral water products.’
    • ‘Interestingly enough Watkins said Uri has never at any point marketed its products.’
    • ‘But, he insisted, all products were marketed and promoted in a responsible way.’
    • ‘The marriage enabled them to develop innovative ways to market their products.’
    • ‘How do you market a product to young people when millions of them are glued to video game screens instead of TVs?’
    • ‘To consumers, the brand that all of this madness is marketed under is The Final Four.’
    • ‘The BBC, for example, regularly produces and markets concept prospectuses for sale to their international counterparts.’
    • ‘It is marketed under the brand name Plan B and is the second product to be labeled by the FDA for this indication.’
    • ‘Schnapps products are marketed under the Stortebecker and Rittmeister labels.’
    • ‘The old homepage failed to give advertisers ample space to market their products and services.’
    • ‘Today, having successfully expanded and marketed its own brand name, it is not about to get out of the personal computer business.’
    • ‘Kraft has allowed us the latitude to promote, distribute and market the brand - our way.’
    • ‘What PRN needed, Cohen decided, was an exec who knew how to build and market a network.’
    • ‘He cut expenses by outsourcing manufacturing and relying on retail partners to market his products.’
    • ‘She marketed her services by mailing promotional packets to civil court judges in select Texas counties.’
    • ‘To recover its investment, the top display portion of each shed is marketed as commercial advertisement panels.’
    • ‘Smart architects leverage the brand name of quality products to market their homes.’
    • ‘He teamed up with advertising agency Chemistry to market the launch in March.’
    • ‘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. 1.1Offer for sale.
      ‘sheep farmers are still unable to market their lambs’
      • ‘In addition, the plant marketed about 6,000 mt of CKD for use as a soil stabilization agent.’
      • ‘Examples of the non-deliberate class include all sorts of drugs marketed before the 1980s or so.’
      • ‘Businesses are hungry to get on the Web to market their products both in Iran and to the outside world.’
      • ‘Let us consider the case of Nestle, who for many years marketed a frozen pizza product that was made with French bread.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Moreover, there were many tomatoes for sale the day she marketed hers.’
      • ‘Pop group promoters and others who market official merchandise are also likely to welcome the ruling.’
      • ‘As of the report date, FDA had not determined whether the counterfeit mesh was still being marketed.’
      • ‘Probel obtained the product from a firm in Italy, and marketed it in the Netherlands.’
      • ‘It not only means looking for new avenues to market products, but new reasons why people should need them.’
      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]Buy or sell provisions in a market.
      ‘some people liked to do their marketing very early in the morning’


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