market research

noun
the gathering and studying of data relating to consumer preferences, purchasing power, etc., especially prior to introducing a product on the market.

Origin:
1925–30

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market-research

[mahr-kit-ree-surch, -ri-surch]
verb (used with object)
to conduct market research on.

Origin:
1965–70

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marketing research or market research
 
n
the study of influences upon customer and consumer behaviour and the analysis of market characteristics and trends
 
market research or market research
 
n

market research
 
n
the study of influences upon customer and consumer behaviour and the analysis of market characteristics and trends
 
marketing research
 
n
the study of influences upon customer and consumer behaviour and the analysis of market characteristics and trends

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Main Entry:  market research
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  See consumer research
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Example sentences
Forget that we're all conducting market research on ourselves.
Nothing the x-ray technician needs to know can be applied to market research,
  for instance, or to teaching medieval history.
Colleges are raising tuition because market research said they should.
Hallmark's messages are grounded in a substantial body of well-funded market
  research.
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