Definition of market in English:

market

noun

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

    ‘farmers going to market’
    • ‘Farmers fatten livestock for the market so why don't fishermen ranch fish?’
    • ‘Another odd similarity was the open air markets in the weekends, where farmers from nearby villages and towns brought their produce to sell.’
    • ‘Find a cheap old light fitting at markets, garage sales, etc. and then dismantle it.’
    • ‘And far from being one-off events, the vast majority of the markets have become regular dates in the calendar.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The EU has implemented an immediate ban on all shows, markets, fairs and sales involving collections of birds within its borders.’
    • ‘It was a busy day in Nether Wallop when more than 300 people gathered in the village square for a street market and party.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is also plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables on sale at the market from All Organic.’
    • ‘In 2001 the residents in Hogan's street had a street party, and have since had garage sales, mini markets and tea parties.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Further, the replacement of fairs and markets by regular shops reduced the costs of retailing.’
    • ‘It will be on sale at all four markets and at Tourist Information Centres from October.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She liked the odd bits and ends she could find in markets or garage sales because it was more unique than store-bought jewelry.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 An open space or covered building where vendors convene to sell their goods.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They will be looking for a site that would not conflict with the regular market in Market Place.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The markets are open year-round, but she only sells flowers and plants during the winter.’
      • ‘Is it true that bus drivers do not find customers at Lumumba because all commuters conduct business in areas near the City market?’
      • ‘Farmers are now allowed to sell their surplus crops in open markets.’
      • ‘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 sale of cruisers in the American market continues to plummet’
    ‘the labor market’
    • ‘But there is no reason to expect a house price boom - particularly if the labour market and wages growth remain subdued.’
    • ‘Many are the companies which have relied heavily on sales into the home market, only to see trends, fashions or buying patterns change.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The gorillas' natural habitat has been gradually destroyed to make way for farmland and cash crops for sale on the global market.’
    • ‘A leading company is to create 100 new jobs in Southend as part of an ambitious expansion to develop sales in the US market.’
    • ‘It is essentially a cover to force countries to open up their markets for multinational corporations to plunder.’
    • ‘Exports to continental EU markets are likely to remain challenging.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The labour market remains fairly tight and employers always have to be on the look-out for new sources of employees.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Spain continues to confound business experts by remaining the biggest market for blended whisky.’
    • ‘What we want to do is make sure that others open their markets so that we can sell them our products and services.’
    • ‘Today a spokesman for the historic firm said the move followed a decision to focus the business on the commercial market in Leeds.’
    • ‘American markets are open to all of the CAFTA Central American countries.’
    • ‘The company had also diversified sales to different geographical markets, he said.’
    • ‘But it has refused to budge without balancing pledges from developing states to open their markets to industrial goods.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, commercial real estate markets remained weak and new construction was limited.’
    • ‘This matches the needs from many regional companies who are indeed delivering the bulk of their sales across the Balkan markets.’
    • ‘The exigencies of market forces and the legacy of over-exploited finite resources and deregulated labour markets remain.’
    1. 2.1 A demand for a particular commodity or service.
      ‘there is a market for ornamental daggers’
      • ‘Sure, there's a market for it - but does it have to be that watered down?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It struck me that there would be a market for a movie parent-baby event.’
      • ‘There's a market for it and it's kind of a sequel to the cassette culture of the '80s and early '90s.’
      • ‘The implication was that there was a market for stolen goods.’
      • ‘There's clearly a market for movies with troubled, hunky young priests investigating Satanic cults at the heart of the Vatican.’
      • ‘And she doesn't believe there's a market for landscapers in the native-plant industry.’
      • ‘I think there is definitely a market for someone like me.’
      • ‘I think there'll always be a market for programs like Australian Idol, but the hype will die down eventually.’
      • ‘We were creating a market for natural gas and electricity that had never existed before.’
      • ‘And this would have provided the market for whatever the vendors were selling.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I guess there must be a market for them amongst old right-wingers or something…’
      • ‘There definitely are people like myself who have an interest in it, and there's a market for it, as well.’
      • ‘There's more of a market for coffee in those two countries but fewer Starbucks per capita.’
      • ‘The rest refuse to accept there is a market for them.’
      • ‘I don't know whether there's a market for that, but why not take a look at it?’
      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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The services of a CPA firm will be in good demand no matter which way the market or economy goes.’
      • ‘Despite the rumours and the negative air in the trade, the pub market held its own during the first six months of this year.’
      • ‘This is difficult to square with a stagnant market with ticket sales stuck at 1922 levels till the late 1930s.’
      trade, trading, business, commerce, buying and selling, dealing
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    3. 2.3 The free market; the operation of supply and demand.
      ‘future development cannot simply be left to the market’
      [as modifier] ‘a market economy’
      • ‘Of course, bankruptcy can be a part of the creative destruction that keeps a market economy vital.’
      • ‘The magazine noted that the market economy had led to the marginalization of public intellectuals, but they had never been more necessary.’
      • ‘Workers have suffered massive layoffs during the transition to a market economy.’
      • ‘But profits are the lifeblood of a market economy and the key to sustained growth.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He said although the union would like to be given some incentives, Namibia had 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.’
      • ‘It turns out that the market economy operated much more efficiently than most observers had expected.’
      • ‘With each measure one has to ask oneself whether the instrument used is or is not compatible with the market economy.’
      • ‘The closed club prevents the very challenge from the outside that governs and signifies a market economy.’
      • ‘In other words, every participant in a market economy is both an exporter and an importer.’
      • ‘This indicates the challenges of green politics to the unfettered market economy or the excesses of capitalism.’
      • ‘Chechnya also suffers by being cut off from the market economy that is taking root in the rest of Russia.’
      • ‘Australia has agreed to recognise China as a market economy, as New Zealand has.’
      • ‘The logic of the market economy lies in competition, not just privatization.’
      • ‘The nature of the market economy is that there are fluctuations in flows of income and expenses.’
      • ‘Ten years ago, the population belonging to the market economy was less than 1 billion.’
      • ‘In a market economy, entrepreneurs are people who voluntarily take on uncertainty.’
    4. 2.4 A stock market.
      • ‘It's very well established that the U.S. stock market often leads foreign markets.’
      • ‘When you invest in a foreign market, you compound the normal risk of a stock fund with currency risk.’
      • ‘He argued that reducing the supply of shares in the market would benefit all shareholders as the capital value of the stock rose.’
      • ‘When the markets are up, you buy fewer shares per dollar invested due to the higher cost per share.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘How much do you really know about money and investing in the markets?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Be very careful of backing any companies that need to raise money in the public markets by selling shares.’

verb

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

    ‘the product was marketed under the name “aspirin.”’
    • ‘He cut expenses by outsourcing manufacturing and relying on retail partners to market his products.’
    • ‘Schnapps products are marketed under the Stortebecker and Rittmeister labels.’
    • ‘Parham uses the Internet extensively to network and market her services to potential clients.’
    • ‘To consumers, the brand that all of this madness is marketed under is The Final Four.’
    • ‘How do you market a product to young people when millions of them are glued to video game screens instead of TVs?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The marriage enabled them to develop innovative ways to market their products.’
    • ‘These days, I concentrate on developing and marketing our mineral water products.’
    • ‘Kraft has allowed us the latitude to promote, distribute and market the brand - our way.’
    • ‘But, he insisted, all products were marketed and promoted in a responsible way.’
    • ‘What PRN needed, Cohen decided, was an exec who knew how to build and market a network.’
    • ‘The BBC, for example, regularly produces and markets concept prospectuses for sale to their international counterparts.’
    • ‘Healy said he had little choice but to fund and market the project himself.’
    • ‘He teamed up with advertising agency Chemistry to market the launch in March.’
    • ‘Today, having successfully expanded and marketed its own brand name, it is not about to get out of the personal computer business.’
    • ‘Interestingly enough Watkins said Uri has never at any point marketed its products.’
    • ‘Smart architects leverage the brand name of quality products to market their homes.’
    • ‘The old homepage failed to give advertisers ample space to market their products and services.’
    • ‘It is marketed under the brand name Plan B and is the second product to be labeled by the FDA for this indication.’
    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’
      • ‘As of the report date, FDA had not determined whether the counterfeit mesh was still being marketed.’
      • ‘Let us consider the case of Nestle, who for many years marketed a frozen pizza product that was made with French bread.’
      • ‘Merck and Schering have a joint venture to market the cholesterol drug Vytorin.’
      • ‘It not only means looking for new avenues to market products, but new reasons why people should need them.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In addition, the plant marketed about 6,000 mt of CKD for use as a soil stabilization agent.’
      • ‘He markets his services to local doctors, hospitals, and professional athletic associations.’
      • ‘It formed joint ventures to market holiday homes in Spain and Portugal and to broker mortgages.’
      • ‘Probel obtained the product from a firm in Italy, and marketed it in the Netherlands.’
      • ‘Pop group promoters and others who market official merchandise are also likely to welcome the ruling.’
      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’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

market

/ˈmärkət/