trade


trade
[[t]treɪd[/t]]
n. v. trad•ed, trad•ing, adj.
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[/ex]
2) a purchase or sale; business deal or transaction
3) an exchange of items, usu. without payment of money
4) any occupation pursued as a business or livelihood
5) some line of skilled manual or mechanical work; craft
6) people engaged in a particular line of business:
a show open to the trade[/ex]
7) market:
an increase in the tourist trade[/ex]
8) a field of business activity
9) the customers of a business establishment
10) mer trades
trade wind
11) to buy and sell; barter; traffic in
12) to exchange:
to trade seats[/ex]
13) to carry on trade:
trading in silver and gold[/ex]
14) to traffic (usu. fol. by in):
a tyrant who trades in human lives[/ex]
15) to make an exchange
16) to make one's purchases; shop; buy
17) phv trade in, to give (a used article) as payment to be credited toward a purchase
18) phv trade off, to exchange something for or with another
19) phv trade on or upon, to turn to one's advantage, esp. selfishly or unfairly; exploit:
to trade on the weaknesses of others[/ex]
20) of or pertaining to trade or commerce
21) used by, serving, or intended for a particular trade:
trade journals[/ex]
22) Also, trades. of, composed of, or serving the members of a trade:
a trade club[/ex]
Etymology: 1300–50; ME: course, path, track < MD, MLG (OS trada), c. OHG trata; akin to tread trad′a•ble, trade′a•ble, adj.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • Trade — Trade, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Traded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Trading}.] 1. To barter, or to buy and sell; to be engaged in the exchange, purchase, or sale of goods, wares, merchandise, or anything else; to traffic; to bargain; to carry on commerce as a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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