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[n] the world of commercial activity where goods and services are bought and sold; "without competition there would be no market"; "they were driven from the marketplace"
[n] a marketplace where groceries are sold; "the grocery store included a meat market"
[n] the securities markets in the aggregate; "the market always frustrates the small investor"
[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"
[v] make commercial; "Some Amish people have commercialized their way of life"
[v] engage in the commercial promotion, sale, or distribution of; "The company is marketing its new line of beauty products"
[v] deal in a market

Misc. Definitions

\Mar"ket\, n. [Akin to D. markt, OHG. mark[=a]t, merk[=a]t, G. markt; all fr.L. mercatus trade, market place, fr. mercari, p. p. mercatus, to trade, traffic, merx, mercis, ware, merchandise, prob. akin to merere to deserve, gain, acquire: cf. F. march['e]. See {Merit}, and cf. {Merchant}, {Mart}.]
1. A meeting together of people, at a stated time and place, for the purpose of traffic (as in cattle, provisions, wares, etc.) by private purchase and sale, and not by auction; as, a market is held in the town every week. He is wit's peddler; and retails his wares At wakes, and wassails, meetings, markets, fairs. --Shak. Three women and a goose make a market. --Old Saying.
2. A public place (as an open space in a town) or a large building, where a market is held; a market place or market house; esp., a place where provisions are sold. There is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool. --John v.

3. An opportunity for selling anything; demand, as shown by price offered or obtainable; a town, region, or country, where the demand exists; as, to find a market for one's wares; there is no market for woolen cloths in that region; India is a market for English goods. There is a third thing to be considered: how a market can be created for produce, or how production can be limited to the capacities of the market. --J. S. Mill.
4. Exchange, or purchase and sale; traffic; as, a dull market; a slow market.
5. The price for which a thing is sold in a market; market price. Hence: Value; worth. What is a man If his chief good and market of his time Be but to sleep and feed ? --Shak.
6. (Eng. Law) The privelege granted to a town of having a public market. Note: Market is often used adjectively, or in forming compounds of obvious meaning; as, market basket, market day, market folk, market house, marketman, market place, market price, market rate, market wagon, market woman, and the like. {Market beater}, a swaggering bully; a noisy braggart. [Obs.] --Chaucer. {Market bell}, a bell rung to give notice that buying and selling in a market may begin. [Eng.] --Shak. {Market cross}, a cross set up where a market is held. --Shak. {Market garden}, a garden in which vegetables are raised for market. {Market gardening}, the raising of vegetables for market. {Market place}, an open square or place in a town where markets or public sales are held. {Market town}, a town that has the privilege of a stated public market.
\Mar"ket\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Marketed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Marketing}.] To deal in a market; to buy or sell; to make bargains for provisions or goods.
\Mar"ket\, v. t. To expose for sale in a market; to traffic in; to sell in a market, and in an extended sense, to sell in any manner; as, most of the farmes have marketed their crops. Industrious merchants meet, and market there The world's collected wealth. --Southey.

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