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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
  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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