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
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n a marketplace where groceries are sold

Synonyms:
food market, grocery, grocery store
Types:
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)
Type of:
market place, marketplace, mart
an area in a town where a public mercantile establishment is set up

n 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
Type of:
mercantile establishment, outlet, retail store, sales outlet
a place of business for retailing goods

n 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
Type of:
activity
any specific behavior

n 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
Type of:
industry
the people or companies engaged in a particular kind of commercial enterprise

n the customers for a particular product or service

“before they publish any book they try to determine the size of the market for it”
Types:
black market
people who engage in illicit trade
Type of:
class, social class, socio-economic class, stratum
people having the same social, economic, or educational status

v engage in the commercial promotion, sale, or distribution of

“The company is marketing its new line of beauty products”
Types:
offer
make available for sale
put up
make available for sale at an auction
Type of:
merchandise, trade
engage in the trade of

v deal in a market

Type of:
deal, sell, trade
do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood

v make commercial

Synonyms:
commercialise, commercialize
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v buy household supplies

“We go marketing every Saturday”
Type of:
shop
do one's shopping

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