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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [blak mahr-kit]
    • /blæk ˈmɑr kɪt/
    • /blæk ˈmɑːkɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [blak mahr-kit]
    • /blæk ˈmɑr kɪt/

Definitions of black-market word

  • verb without object black-market to black-marketeer. 1
  • verb with object black-market to sell (something) in the black market. 1
  • noun black-market the illicit buying and selling of goods in violation of legal price controls, rationing, etc. 1
  • noun black-market a place where such activity is carried on. 1
  • verb black-market (Intransitive Verb) To participate in a black market. 0
  • verb black-market (Transitive Verb) To sell in a black market. 0

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Origin of black-market

First appearance:

before 1930
One of the 10% newest English words
First recorded in 1930-35; v. use of black market

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Black-market


black-market popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 31% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 71% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

Synonyms for black-market

noun black-market

  • run — execution
  • underground — beneath the surface of the ground: traveling underground by subway.
  • gray market — a market operating within the law but charging prices substantially below list prices or those fixed by an official agency.

adj black-market

  • contraband — Contraband refers to goods that are taken into or out of a country illegally.
  • illicit — not legally permitted or authorized; unlicensed; unlawful.
  • unauthorized — lacking permission; unsanctioned: unauthorized access.
  • unlawful — not lawful; contrary to law; illegal.
  • unofficial — a person appointed or elected to an office or charged with certain duties.

verb black-market

  • fence — a barrier enclosing or bordering a field, yard, etc., usually made of posts and wire or wood, used to prevent entrance, to confine, or to mark a boundary.
  • relate — to tell; give an account of (an event, circumstance, etc.).
  • dicker — If you say that people are dickering about something, you mean that they are arguing or disagreeing about it, often in a way that you think is foolish or unnecessary.
  • trade — the act or process of buying, selling, or exchanging commodities, at either wholesale or retail, within a country or between countries: domestic trade; foreign trade.
  • touch — to put the hand, finger, etc., on or into contact with (something) to feel it: He touched the iron cautiously.

Antonyms for black-market

adj black-market

  • legal — permitted by law; lawful: Such acts are not legal.
  • permitted — to allow to do something: Permit me to explain.
  • justifiable — capable of being justified; that can be shown to be or can be defended as being just, right, or warranted; defensible: justifiable homicide.
  • warranted — authorization, sanction, or justification.
  • authorized — officially permitted or empowered

verb black-market

  • conceal — If you conceal something, you cover it or hide it carefully.
  • hide — Informal. to administer a beating to; thrash.
  • buy — If you buy something, you obtain it by paying money for it.
  • hold — to have or keep in the hand; keep fast; grasp: She held the purse in her right hand. He held the child's hand in his.
  • keep — to hold or retain in one's possession; hold as one's own: If you like it, keep it. Keep the change.

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