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Market


M'ARKET, noun [Latin mercatus, from mercor, to buy.]

1. A public place in a city or town, where provisions or cattle are exposed to sale; an appointed place for selling and buying at private sale, a distinguished from an auction.

2. A public building in which provisions are exposed to sale; a market-house.

3. Sale; the exchange of provisions or goods for money; purchase or rate of purchase and sale. The seller says he comes to a bad market when the buyer says he comes to a good market We say, the markets are low or high; by which we understand the price or rate of purchase. We say that commodities find a quick or ready market; markets are dull. We are not able to find a market for our goods or provisions.

4. Place of sale; as the British market; the American market

5. The privilege of keeping a public market

M'ARKET, verb intransitive To deal in market; to buy or sell; to make bargains for provisions or goods.