1. present participle of market


marketing (countable and uncountable, plural marketings)

  1. Buying and selling in a market.
    • 1961, Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, Bulletin (page 16)
      The final result of the extreme seasonality of marketings of cattle and calves in Arkansas would have been an inshipment of either slaughter cattle or block beef and beef products during three quarters of the year.
  2. (uncountable) The promotion, distribution and selling of a product or service; the work of a marketer; includes market research and advertising.
    • 2013 May 25, “No hiding place”, in The Economist[1], volume 407, number 8837, page 74:

      In America alone, people spent $170 billion on “direct marketing”—junk mail of both the physical and electronic varieties—last year. Yet of those who received unsolicited adverts through the post, only 3%

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From Middle English industry, industrie, from Old French industrie, from Latin industria (diligence, activity, industry), from industrius (diligent, active, zealous), from Old Latin indostruus (diligent, active); origin unknown. Perhaps from indu (in) + ūst-, ūstr-, stem of ūrō (burn, burn up, consume, verb), related to Old High German ūstrī (industry), Old English andūstrian (to hate, detest, literally to be consumed with zeal).


  • IPA(key): /ˈɪndəstɹi/, /ˈɪndʌstri/
  • Hyphenation: in‧dus‧try


industry (countable and uncountable, plural industries)

  1. (uncountable) The tendency to work persistently. Diligence.
    • 1941, Ogden Nash,
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