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[mahr-kit-pleys] /ˈmɑr kɪtˌpleɪs/
an open area in a town where a market is held.
the commercial world; the realm of business, trade, and economics.
any sphere considered as a place where ideas, thoughts, artistic creations, etc., compete for recognition.
Also, market place.
Origin of marketplace
1350-1400; Middle English; see market, place Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • There is not much place for waiting in today's marketplace.
  • After feature films took hold in the marketplace, directors used length as proof of how important their work was.
  • Colleges simply don't know if their internal candidate is less, as, or more talented than others in the marketplace.
  • Familiarize yourself with the employment marketplace.
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  • The financial marketplace, meanwhile, has become a dizzying emporium of choice and easy credit.
  • In many respects, he's a model for contemporary authors confronted with a wobbly publishing industry and a fractured marketplace.
  • But during the past two decades companies have got significantly better at responding quickly to changes in the marketplace.
  • Companies nimble enough to react to demand, instead of having to anticipate it, have a distinct advantage in the marketplace.
  • The company has moved deliberately but with apparent ease in the marketplace.
British Dictionary definitions for marketplace


a place where a public market is held
any centre where ideas, opinions, etc, are exchanged
the commercial world of buying and selling
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for marketplace

late 14c., "place where a market is held," from market (n.) + place (n.). Figurative use is from 1942.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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