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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
trade /treɪd/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  trad•ed, trad•ing, adj. 
n. 
  1. the act or process of buying, selling, or exchanging goods:[uncountable]domestic trade; foreign trade.
  2. [countable] a purchase or sale;
    a business deal.
  3. an exchange of items, usually without payment of money;
    a swap:[countable]The boys made a trade of a bag of marbles for a kite.
  4. an occupation that is one's business or livelihood: [countable]He's in the tourist trade.[uncountable;  by + ~]She's a carpenter by trade.
  5. skilled manual or mechanical work;
    craft:[countable]the carpenter trade.
  6. market:[countable]an increase in the tourist trade.
  7. Meteorologytrades, [plural] trade wind.

v. 
  1. to buy and sell;
    carry on trade or commerce in or with: [no object]to trade in silver and gold.[+ object]They trade silver and gold.
  2. to exchange: [+ object (+ for + object)]I traded my dessert for his.[+ object + object + for + object]I'll trade you my dessert for yours.[no object;  (~ + for + object)]I'll trade for it.
  3. to use (someone or something) to one's advantage, esp. immorally or illegally:[+ in + object]The mob trades in terror and extortion.
  4. trade in, to give (a used article) as payment toward a purchase of something new: [+ in + object]to trade in one's old car for a down payment on a new one.[+ object + in]to trade your old car in and get a new one.
  5. trade on or  upon, [+ on + object] to turn to one's advantage, esp. unfairly;
    exploit:to trade on the weaknesses of others.

adj. [before a noun]
  1. of or relating to trade or commerce:trade negotiations.
  2. of or relating to a particular trade:reading all the trade journals for tips.
  3. Also,  trades. of or relating to the members of a trade:a trade club.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
trade  (trād),USA pronunciation n., v.,  trad•ed, trad•ing, adj. 
n. 
  1. 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.
  2. a purchase or sale;
    business deal or transaction.
  3. an exchange of items, usually without payment of money.
  4. any occupation pursued as a business or livelihood.
  5. some line of skilled manual or mechanical work;
    craft:the trade of a carpenter; printer's trade.
  6. people engaged in a particular line of business:a lecture of interest only to the trade.
  7. market:an increase in the tourist trade.
  8. a field of business activity:a magazine for the furniture trade.
  9. the customers of a business establishment.
  10. [Informal.]See trade paper.
  11. trades. See trade wind (def. 1).

v.t. 
  1. to buy and sell;
    barter;
    traffic in.
  2. to exchange:to trade seats.

v.i. 
  1. to carry on trade.
  2. to traffic (usually fol. by in):a tyrant who trades in human lives.
  3. to make an exchange.
  4. to make one's purchases;
    shop;
    buy.
  5. trade down, to exchange a more valuable or desirable item for a less valuable or desirable one.
  6. trade in, to give (a used article) as payment to be credited toward a purchase:We trade in our car every three years.
  7. trade off, to exchange something for or with another.
  8. trade on or upon, to turn to one's advantage, esp. selfishly or unfairly;
    exploit:to trade on the weaknesses of others.
  9. trade up, to exchange a less valuable or desirable item for a more valuable or desirable one.

adj. 
  1. of or pertaining to trade or commerce.
  2. used by, serving, or intended for a particular trade:trade journal.
  3. Also,  trades. of, composed of, or serving the members of a trade:a trade club.
trad a•ble, tradea•ble, adj. 
trade less, adj. 
  • Middle Low German, Middle Dutch (Old Saxon trada), cognate with Old High German trata; akin to tread
  • 1300–50; 1540–50 for def. 4.; Middle English: course, path, track
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged business, barter, dealing.
      Trade, commerce, traffic refer to the exchanging of commodities for other commodities or money.
      Trade is the general word:a brisk trade between the nations.Commerce applies to trade on a large scale and over an extensive area:international commerce.Traffic may refer to a particular kind of trade;
      but it usually suggests the travel, transportation, and activity associated with or incident to trade:the opium traffic; heavy traffic on the railroads.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged swap.
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged vocation, métier, employment, living, craft. See occupation.
    • 12.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Trade, bargain, barter, sell refer to exchange or transfer of ownership for some kind of material consideration.
      Trade conveys the general idea, but often means to exchange articles of more or less even value:to trade with Argentina.Bargain suggests a somewhat extended period of coming to terms:to bargain about the price of a horse.Barter applies esp. to exchanging goods, wares, labor, etc., with no transfer of money for the transaction:to barter wheat for machinery.Sell implies transferring ownership, usually for a sum of money:to sell a car.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

trade /treɪd/ n
  1. the act or an instance of buying and selling goods and services either on the domestic (wholesale and retail) markets or on the international (import, export, and entrepôt) markets
  2. a personal occupation, esp a craft requiring skill
  3. the people and practices of an industry, craft, or business
  4. exchange of one thing for something else
  5. the regular clientele of a firm or industry
  6. amount of custom or commercial dealings; business
  7. a specified market or business: the tailoring trade
  8. an occupation in commerce, as opposed to a profession
vb
  1. (transitive) to buy and sell (commercial merchandise)
  2. to exchange (one thing) for another
  3. (intransitive) to engage in trade
  4. (intransitive) to deal or do business (with)

See also trade down, trade-in, trade onEtymology: 14th Century (in the sense: track, hence, a regular business): related to Old Saxon trada, Old High German trata track; see tread

ˈtradable, ˈtradeable adj



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