- Trade is defined as the general marketplace of buying and selling goods, the way you make a living or the act of exchanging or buying and selling something.
- An example of trade is the tea trade where tea is imported from China and purchased in the US.
- An example of trade is when you work in sales.
- An example of trade is the act of exchanging one item for another or one item for money.
- To trade means to exchange something such as items or services, to buy or sell items or to buy or sell stocks.
- An example of trade is when you give your friend your peanut butter sandwich in exchange for his tuna sandwich.
- An example of trade is when you give a greeting to your friend and get greeted in return.
- An example of trade is when you buy shares of a company stock.
- a track; path
- a course; regular procedure
- a means of earning one's living; occupation, work, or line of business
- an occupation requiring skill in any of certain kinds of work done with the hands, as distinguished from unskilled work or from a profession or business; craft
- all the persons or companies in a particular line of business or work
- the buying and selling of commodities or the bartering of goods; commerce
- dealings or the market involving specified commodities, customers, seasons, etc.: the tourist trade, the Easter trade
- customers; clientele
- a purchase or sale; deal; bargain
- an exchange; swap
- [pl.] the trade winds
Origin of tradeME, a track, course of action from MLowG, a track from Old Saxon trada, a trace, trail, akin to Middle English trede, tread
- of or relating to trade or commerce
- of, by, or for those in a particular business or industry: trade papers or journals
- of the members in the trades, or crafts: trade unions
- of or having to do with the publishing of books intended for sale to the general public; specif., designating or of a paperback book of a size similar to a typical hardcover book
intransitive verbtrad′ed, trad′ing
- to carry on a trade or business
- to have business dealings (with someone)
- to make an exchange (with someone)
- Informal to be a customer (at a specified store or shop)
- to exchange; barter; swap
- to buy and sell (stocks, etc.)
- The business of buying and selling commodities, products, or services; commerce. See Synonyms at business.
- A branch or kind of business: the women's clothing trade.
- The people working in or associated with a business or industry: writers, editors, and other members of the publishing trade.
- The activity or volume of buying or selling: The trade in stocks was brisk all morning.
- An exchange of one thing for another: baseball teams making a trade of players.
- An occupation, especially one requiring skilled labor; craft: the building trades.
- trades The trade winds.
verbtrad·ed, trad·ing, trades
- To engage in buying and selling for profit.
- To make an exchange of one thing for another.
- To be offered for sale or be sold: Stocks traded at lower prices this morning.
- To shop or buy regularly: trades at the local supermarket.
- To give in exchange for something else: trade farm products for manufactured goods; will trade my ticket for yours.
- To buy and sell (stocks, for example).
- To pass back and forth: We traded jokes.
- Of or relating to trade or commerce.
- Relating to, used by, or serving a particular trade: a trade magazine.
- Of or relating to books that are primarily published to be sold commercially, as in bookstores.
Origin of tradeMiddle English course from Middle Low German
- trad′a·ble trade′a·ble
(countable and uncountable, plural trades)
- (uncountable) Buying and selling of goods and services on a market.
- (countable) A particular instance of buying or selling.
- I did no trades with them once the rumors started.
- (countable) An instance of bartering items in exchange for one another.
- (countable) Those who perform a particular kind of skilled work.
- The skilled trades were the first to organize modern labor unions.
- (countable) Those engaged in an industry or group of related industries.
- It is not a retail showroom. It is only for the trade.
- (countable) The skilled practice of a practical occupation.
- He learned his trade as an apprentice.
- (uncountable, UK) The business given to a commercial establishment by its customers.
- Even before noon there was considerable trade.
- (chiefly in the plural) Steady winds blowing from east to west above and below the equator.
- They rode the trades going west.
- (only as plural) A publication intended for participants in an industry or related group of industries.
- Rumors about layoffs are all over the trades.
- (uncountable, LGBT, slang) A brief sexual encounter.
- Josh picked up some trade last night.
- (mining) Refuse or rubbish from a mine.
- Hath tracted forth some salvage beastes trade.
- Or, I'll be buried in the king's highway, / Some way of common trade, where subjects' feet / May hourly trample on their sovereign's head.
- There those five sisters had continual trade.
- Long did I love this lady, / Long was my travel, long my trade to win her.
- Thy sin's not accidental but a trade.
(third-person singular simple present trades, present participle trading, simple past and past participle traded)
- To engage in trade
- This company trades in precious metal.
- To be traded at a certain price or under certain conditions.
- To give (something) in exchange for.
- Will you trade your precious watch for my earring?
- To do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood.
- To have dealings; to be concerned or associated (with).
From Middle English trade (“path, course of conduct"), cognate with Old English tredan (“tread"); See Online Etymology Dictionary