1. A meeting together of people, at a stated time and place, for the purpose of buying and selling (as cattle, provisions, wares, etc.) by private purchase and sale, and not by auction; as, a market is held in the town every week; a farmers' market.
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. 2.
3. An opportunity for selling or buying anything; demand, as shown by price offered or obtainable; 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 are none for sale on the market; the best price on the market.
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.
n 1: 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"
2: the securities markets in the aggregate; "the market always
frustrates the small investor" [syn: securities industry]
3: the customers for a particular product or service; "before
they publish any book they try to determine the size of
the market for it"
4: a marketplace where groceries are sold; "the grocery store
included a meat market" [syn: grocery store, grocery,
v 1: engage in the commercial promotion, sale, or distribution
of; "The company is marketing its new line of beauty
2: buy household supplies; "We go marketing every Saturday"
3: deal in a market
4: make commercial; "Some Amish people have commercialized
their way of life" [syn: commercialize, commercialise]