market

Market is both a noun and a verb that have to do with selling. Companies that successfully market potato chips make people buy a big bag at the market.

Are you in the market for a new pair of jeans? That means you are looking to buy. You might be the market, or likely customers, for a certain brand. The cost of those jeans will be whatever the market can bear, meaning the most profit that can be made, either by selling fewer pairs at high cost or lots of pairs at a lower cost. But if you buy them on the so-called black market, you might get a bargain price — only to find your new jeans aren't authentic — knock-offs of the real thing.

Definitions of market
  1. noun
    a marketplace where groceries are sold
    synonyms: food market, grocery, grocery store
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    greengrocery
    a greengrocer's grocery store
    supermarket
    a large self-service grocery store selling groceries and dairy products and household goods
    hypermarket
    a huge supermarket (usually built on the outskirts of a town)
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    market place, marketplace, mart
    an area in a town where a public mercantile establishment is set up
  2. noun
    an area in a town where a public mercantile establishment is set up
    synonyms: market place, marketplace, mart
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    agora, public square
    a place of assembly for the people in ancient Greece
    bazaar, bazar
    a street of small shops (especially in Orient)
    food market, grocery, grocery store
    a marketplace where groceries are sold
    market square, open-air market, open-air marketplace
    a public marketplace where food and merchandise is sold
    slave market
    a marketplace where slaves were auctioned off (especially in the southern United States before the American Civil War)
    agora
    the marketplace in ancient Greece
    farmer's market, green market, greenmarket
    an open-air marketplace for farm products
    greengrocery
    a greengrocer's grocery store
    souk
    an open-air market in an Arabian city
    supermarket
    a large self-service grocery store selling groceries and dairy products and household goods
    flea market
    an open-air street market for inexpensive or secondhand articles
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    mercantile establishment, outlet, retail store, sales outlet
    a place of business for retailing goods
  3. noun
    the world of commercial activity where goods and services are bought and sold
    “without competition there would be no market
    synonyms: market place, marketplace
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    black market
    an illegal market in which goods or currencies are bought and sold in violation of rationing or controls
    buyer's market, buyers' market, soft market
    a market in which more people want to sell than want to buy
    gray market, grey market
    an unofficial market in which goods are bought and sold at prices lower than the official price set by a regulatory agency
    seller's market, sellers' market
    a market in which more people want to buy than want to sell
    labor market
    the market in which workers compete for jobs and employers compete for workers
    monopoly
    (economics) a market in which there are many buyers but only one seller
    monopsony
    (economics) a market in which goods or services are offered by several sellers but there is only one buyer
    oligopoly
    (economics) a market in which control over the supply of a commodity is in the hands of a small number of producers and each one can influence prices and affect competitors
    corner
    a temporary monopoly on a kind of commercial trade
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    activity
    any specific behavior
  4. noun
    the securities markets in the aggregate
    “the market always frustrates the small investor”
    synonyms: securities industry
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    bear market
    a market characterized by falling prices for securities
    bull market
    a market characterized by rising prices for securities
    the City
    used to allude to the securities industry of Great Britain
    Wall Street, the Street
    used to allude to the securities industry of the United States
    money market
    a market for short-term debt instruments
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    industry
    the people or companies engaged in a particular kind of commercial enterprise
  5. noun
    the customers for a particular product or service
    “before they publish any book they try to determine the size of the market for it”
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    black market
    people who engage in illicit trade
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    class, social class, socio-economic class, stratum
    people having the same social, economic, or educational status
  6. verb
    engage in the commercial promotion, sale, or distribution of
    “The company is marketing its new line of beauty products”
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    offer
    make available for sale
    put up
    make available for sale at an auction
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    merchandise, trade
    engage in the trade of
  7. verb
    deal in a market
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    deal, sell, trade
    do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood
  8. verb
    make commercial
    synonyms: commercialise, commercialize
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  9. verb
    buy household supplies
    “We go marketing every Saturday”
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    shop
    do one's shopping
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