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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An open area or square in a town where a public market or sale is set up.
  • noun The world of business and commerce.
  • noun A situation or place in which values, opinions, and ideas are put forward for debate or recognition.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The place in which a market is held, usually an open space in a town set apart for the holding of markets.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun an area in a town where a public market is set up; a market place; a market{2}.
  • noun The commercial activity whereby good and services are exchanged.
  • noun The mechanism by which one finds a person to whom to sell or from whom to buy goods; the opportunity to buy and sell; a market{3}.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An open area in a town housing a public market.
  • noun The space, actual or metaphorical, in which a market operates.
  • noun by extension The world of commerce and trade.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an area in a town where a public mercantile establishment is set up
  • noun the world of commercial activity where goods and services are bought and sold
  • noun the world of commercial activity where goods and services are bought and sold
  • noun an area in a town where a public mercantile establishment is set up

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