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spoken English28.21%written English71.79% conversational speech29%task-oriented speech71% imaginative writing10.34%informational writing89.66%
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Definition of the noun market

What does market mean as a name of something?

Market is one of the top 100 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 50 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: markets

  1. the world of commercial activity where goods and services are bought and sold
    • example: without competition there would be no market
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of market: market place / marketplace
    • more generic word: activity = any specific behavior
    • more specific terms:
      • 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 = a market in which there are many buyers but only one seller
      • monopsony = a market in which goods or services are offered by several sellers but there is only one buyer
      • oligopoly = 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
    • part: commercial enterprise / business enterprise / business = the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects
  2. the customers for a particular product or service
    • example: before they publish any book they try to determine the size of the market for it
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • more generic terms: class / social class / socio-economic class / stratum = people having the same social, economic, or educational status
    • more specific term: black market = people who engage in illicit trade
  3. a marketplace where groceries are sold
    • example: the grocery store included a meat market
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of market: food market / grocery / grocery store
    • more generic terms: market place / marketplace / mart = an area in a town where a public mercantile establishment is set up
    • more specific words:
      • greengrocery = a greengrocer's grocery store
      • supermarket = a large self-service grocery store selling groceries and dairy products and household goods
    • part: shelf = a support that consists of a horizontal surface for holding objects
  4. the securities markets in the aggregate
    • example: the market always frustrates the small investor
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonym of market: securities industry
    • more generic word: industry = the people or companies engaged in a particular kind of commercial enterprise
    • more specific terms:
      • 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
    • members:
  5. an area in a town where a public mercantile establishment is set up

Alternative definition of the noun market


  1. City square or other fairly spacious site where traders set up stalls and buyers browse the merchandise.
  2. An organised, often periodic, trading event at such site
  3. A group of potential customers for one's product.
  4. A geographical area where a certain commercial demand exist
  5. A formally organized, sometimes monopolistic, system of trading in specified goods or effects
  6. The sum total traded in a process of individuals trading for certain commodities.

Definition of the adjective market

What does market mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more market / most market

  1. Relating to a (commercial) market.

Definition of the verb market

What does market mean as a doing word?

Market is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: marketed | marketing | markets

  1. engage in the commercial promotion, sale, or distribution of
  2. buy household supplies
  3. deal in a market
  4. make commercial

Alternative definition of the verb market


  1. [transitive] To make (products or services) available for sale and promote them.
  2. [transitive] To sell


Market a.k.a. Märket is a small 3.3-hectare uninhabited skerry in the Baltic Sea between Sweden and Finland, which has been divided between two sovereignties since the Treaty of Fredrikshamn of 1809 defined the border between Sweden and the Russian Empire as going through the middle of the island. The westernmost land point of Finland is on Märket. The Finnish side of the island is part of the Municipality of Hammarland. The Swedish part of the island is itself divided by two counties of Sweden: Uppsala County and Stockholm County.


Market is a restaurant.


  1. "Market" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  2. "Market" is a musical album of Market.
  3. "Market" is a cataloged instance, composition.


"Market" a.k.a. "Market!" is a book by Ted Lewin.


"Market" is a 2003 film directed by Jay Prakash and starring Manisha Koirala. The film follows the story of Muskaan Bano from her life in Indian brothels after being sold there by her Arab husband to her attempts at revenge later in life. The film garnered a decent opening and was a surprise success of the year. It was declared Average at the box office.


  1. Market: A market is one of the many varieties of systems, institutions, procedures, social relations and infrastructures whereby parties engage in exchange. While parties may exchange goods and services by barter, most markets rely on sellers offering their goods or services in exchange for money from buyers. It can be said that a market is the process by which the prices of goods and services are established. The market facilitates trade and enables the distribution and allocation of resources in a society. Markets allow any trade-able item to be evaluated and priced. A market emerges more or less spontaneously or may be constructed deliberately by human interaction in order to enable the exchange of rights of services and goods.
    • also known as 市场
  2. Market: A market, or marketplace, is regular gathering of people for the purchase and sale of provisions, livestock, and other goods. A place where buying and selling occurs. In different parts of the world they may be referred to as a souk, bazaar, a fixed mercado or itinerant tianguis, or palengke.
  3. Market: The application market or markets that this variant can be purchased from.

Phrases with Market

Phrases starting with the word Market:

  1. market day
  2. Market Bell
  3. Market risk
  4. market town

Phrases ending with the word Market:

  1. otc market
  2. bear market
  3. Bond market
  4. bull market
  5. curb market
  6. flea market
  7. food market
  8. Free market
  9. Free-Market
  10. gray market
  11. grey market
  12. Mass-Market
  13. meat market
  14. Open market
  15. soft market
  16. spot market

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Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Market

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Google previewISC Commerce Class-XII (Vol.Ii)

by C.B. Gupta

real sense, the term market means the sum total of the environment in which resources, activities and attitudes of buyers and sellers affect...

Google previewManagerial Economics-2nd (2009)

by Atmanand

A market is that area which brings buyers and sellers into contact with one another. According to Frederic Bentham, a "market is any area over which buyers and sellers are in such close touch with one...

Google previewThe Predator State (2008)

How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too by James Galbraith

Presiding over the choices one is free to make, mediating between the chooser and the chosen in the world of buy and sell, is a vaporous but omnipresent institution: the market. The market is the necessary counterpart to economic freedom; ...

Google previewCulture and Enterprise (2002)

The Development, Representation and Morality of Business by Emily Chamlee-Wright, The late Don Lavoie

Just as a wide range ofinterpretations can emerge from the reading ofa book or a film or a television show, the market is an open text, out ofwhich a multitude ofinterpretations can be read. Though some readings may be conservative in nature, ...

Google previewState, Market and Organizational Form (1997)

by Ayse Bugra, Behlül Üsdiken

Kaneshie Market is a three-floored market complex and is the second most important market in Accra, the capital of Ghana.

Google previewFinancial Markets and Institutions in the Arab Economy (2008)

by Niḍāl Rashīd Ṣabrī

The stock market is a capital market where a share of corporate ownership is traded. The trading of stocks occurs...

Google previewPublic Places and Spaces (2012)

by Irwin Altman, Erwin H. Zube

The public market is a place where a variety of goods, invariably including produce and other foodstuffs, is sold on a periodic basis by numerous small, private vendors (Plattner, 1978). The farmers' market as a pure type is a public market ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Agricultural Marketing: Market regulation and development (1999)

by Jagdish Prasad

These wholesalers /commission agents were broken in three groups and the annual turnover of each group of wholesalers/ commission agents was studied for both the pre- and post- market yard period. Table 17.1 shows that nearly 66 per ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Municipal Bonds (2012)

A Reference Guide to Market Events, Structures, Dynamics, and Investment Knowledge by Joe Mysak

A Reference Guide to Market Events, Structures, Dynamics, and Investment Knowledge Joe Mysak...

In simplest terms, bond banks offer access to the municipal market for small issuers that might not otherwise be able to do so efficiently or ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Church and Religious Organization Marketing (2013)

by Robert E Stevens, David L Loudon, Henry Cole, Bruce Wrenn

Market Driven Strategy (New York: The Free Press), 1990. Porter, Michael E., Competitive Advantage (New York: The Free Press), 1985. CONSTITUENT ANALYSIS A constituent is someone who ...

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Usage statistics about market

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun market:

spoken English28.21%written English71.79% conversational speech29%task-oriented speech71% imaginative writing10.34%informational writing89.66%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun market:


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Sign language

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Quotes about Market

Apple's market share is bigger than BMW's or Mercedes's or Porsche's in the automotive market. What's wrong with being BMW or Mercedes? (Steve Jobs)
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Scrabble value of M3A1R1K5E1T1

The value of this 6-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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