Barter definition

bärtər
To trade by exchanging goods or services without using money.
verb
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To trade goods or services without the exchange of money.
verb
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To give (goods or services) in return for other goods or services; trade.
verb
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Something bartered.
noun
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The definition of barter is a system under which goods and services are exchanged instead of currency, or the actual goods or services that are being exchanged.

An example of barter is when the people within a community exchange goods and services so that money needn't be used.

An example of barter is bread provided in exchange for butter.

noun
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To trade (goods or services) without the exchange of money.
verb
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The act or practice of bartering.
noun
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Anything bartered.
noun
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Of, relating to, or being something based on bartering.

A barter economy.

adjective
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The act or practice of bartering.
noun
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To barter is defined as to provide a good or service in exchange for another good and service rather than using or accepting currency.

An example of barter is your ability to fix plumbing for someone else's ability to fix electrical issues.

verb
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To trade goods or services for other goods or services of equivalent value. Currency is not used. While bartering is often associated with undeveloped econ-omies or thought of as a historical way of conducting commerce, it is still used in developed countries in certain circumstances.
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The exchange of goods or services without the use of money. To negotiate, engage in, or conclude a barter.
verb
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We had no money so we had to live by barter.

noun
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Exchange goods or services without involving money.
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barter away
  • to give or trade for too small a return
idiom
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
barter
Plural:
barters

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

barter away

Origin of barter

  • Middle English barteren probably from Old French barater barrator

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French barater, of uncertain origin (maybe Celtic).

    From Wiktionary