- the provision of goods or services to meet customer or consumer needs
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- shopping for food:Her husband did the marketing on Fridays.
- Businessthe act of buying or selling in a market.
- Businessthe total of activities involved in the transfer of goods from the producer or seller to the consumer or buyer, including advertising, shipping, storing, and selling.
- market + -ing1 1555–65
- a place where buyers and sellers meet for the sale of goods:We went to the market for vegetables.
- a store for selling food:Go to the market for milk.
- a meeting of people for buying and selling:a market day.
- Businesstrade in a particular product:the cotton market.
- Businessdemand for an item or a product:The health-food market is expanding.
- Businessa region in which goods and services are bought or used:the foreign market.
- Business[usually: the + ~] stock market.
- to buy provisions for the home:[no object]They were out marketing when their house was robbed.
- to offer in a market for sale;
to sell:[~ + object]Can they market their computers as being better than the competition?
- Idiomsin the market for, interested in buying:He's in the market for a good used car.
- Idiomson the market, for sale;
available:How long has their house been on the market?
mar•ket•er, n. [countable]
- an open place or a covered building where buyers and sellers convene for the sale of goods;
a marketplace:a farmers' market.
- a store for the sale of food:a meat market.
- a meeting of people for selling and buying.
- the assemblage of people at such a meeting.
- Businesstrade or traffic, esp. as regards a particular commodity:the market in cotton.
- Businessa body of persons carrying on extensive transactions in a specified commodity:the cotton market.
- Businessthe field of trade or business:the best shoes in the market.
- Businessdemand for a commodity:an unprecedented market for leather.
- Businessa body of existing or potential buyers for specific goods or services:the health-food market.
- Businessa region in which goods and services are bought, sold, or used:the foreign market; the New England market.
- Businesscurrent price or value:a rising market for shoes.
- BusinessSee stock market.
- Businessat the market, at the prevailing price in the open market.
- Idioms, Businessin the market for, ready to buy;
interested in buying:I'm in the market for a new car.
- Idioms, Businesson the market, for sale;
available:Fresh asparagus will be on the market this week.
- to buy or sell in a market;
- to buy food and provisions for the home.
- to carry or send to market for disposal:to market produce every week.
- to dispose of in a market;
- Vulgar Latin *marcātus, Latin mercātus trading, traffic, market
- Middle English, late Old English 1100–1150
- 19.See corresponding entry in Unabridged vend, merchandise, peddle.
- an event or occasion, usually held at regular intervals, at which people meet for the purpose of buying and selling merchandise
- (as modifier): market day
- a place, such as an open space in a town, at which a market is held
- a shop that sells a particular merchandise: an antique market
- the market ⇒ business or trade in a commodity as specified: the sugar market
- the trading or selling opportunities provided by a particular group of people: the foreign market
- demand for a particular product or commodity
- See stock market
- See market price, market value
- be in the market for ⇒ to wish to buy or acquire
- on the market ⇒ available for purchase
- buyer's market ⇒ a market characterized by excess supply and thus favourable to buyers
- (transitive) to offer or produce for sale
- (intransitive) to buy or deal in a market