Trade definition

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The people working in or associated with a business or industry.

Writers, editors, and other members of the publishing trade.

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The business of buying and selling commodities, products, or services; commerce.
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The activity or volume of buying or selling.

The trade in stocks was brisk all morning.

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A branch or kind of business.

The women's clothing trade.

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The buying and selling of commodities or the bartering of goods; commerce.
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An exchange of one thing for another.

Baseball teams making a trade of players.

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To pass back and forth.

We traded jokes.

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To make an exchange (with someone)
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(countable) An instance of bartering items in exchange for one another.
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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.

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Of the members in the trades, or crafts.

Trade unions.

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To give in exchange for something else.

Trade farm products for manufactured goods; will trade my ticket for yours.

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(only as plural) A publication intended for participants in an industry or related group of industries.

Rumors about layoffs are all over the trades.

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(uncountable, LGBT, slang) A brief sexual encounter.

Josh picked up some trade last night.

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(informal) To be a customer (at a specified store or shop)
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To exchange; barter; swap.
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To buy and sell (stocks, etc.)
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(uncountable) Buying and selling of goods and services on a market.
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(countable) A particular instance of buying or selling.

I did no trades with them once the rumors started.

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(countable) Those who perform a particular kind of skilled work.

The skilled trades were the first to organize modern labor unions.

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(countable) The skilled practice of a practical occupation.

He learned his trade as an apprentice.

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(uncountable, UK) The business given to a commercial establishment by its customers.

Even before noon there was considerable trade.

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(chiefly in the plural) Steady winds blowing from east to west above and below the equator.

They rode the trades going west.

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Shakespeare.

Thy sin's not accidental but a trade.

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Dealings or the market involving specified commodities, customers, seasons, etc.

The tourist trade, the Easter trade.

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An occupation, especially one requiring skilled labor; craft.

The building trades.

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To engage in buying and selling for profit.
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To buy and sell (stocks, for example).
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Relating to, used by, or serving a particular trade.

A trade magazine.

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Of or relating to books that are primarily published to be sold commercially, as in bookstores.
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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.

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Customers; clientele.
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A purchase or sale; deal; bargain.
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Of or relating to trade or commerce.
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Of, by, or for those in a particular business or industry.

Trade papers or journals.

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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.
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To carry on a trade or business.
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To have business dealings (with someone)
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(countable) Those engaged in an industry or group of related industries.

It is not a retail showroom. It is only for the trade.

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An exchange; swap.
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The trade winds.
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A track; path.
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A course; regular procedure.
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A means of earning one's living; occupation, work, or line of business.
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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.
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All the persons or companies in a particular line of business or work.
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(mining) Refuse or rubbish from a mine.
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Spenser.

Hath tracted forth some salvage beastes trade.

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Shakespeare.

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.

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Spenser.

There those five sisters had continual trade.

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Massinger.

Long did I love this lady, / Long was my travel, long my trade to win her.

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To engage in trade.

This company trades in precious metal.

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To be traded at a certain price or under certain conditions.
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To give (something) in exchange for.

Will you trade your precious watch for my earring?

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To do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood.
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To have dealings; to be concerned or associated (with).
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The trade winds.
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To make an exchange of one thing for another.
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To be offered for sale or be sold.

Stocks traded at lower prices this morning.

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To shop or buy regularly.

Trades at the local supermarket.

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Of or relating to trade or commerce.
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trade down
  • to trade something for something of lower value
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trade in
  • to give (one's used automobile, etc.) as part of the purchase price of a new one
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trade on
  • to take advantage of; exploit
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trade up
  • to trade something for something of higher value
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
trade
Plural:
trades

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of trade

  • Middle English course from Middle Low German

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

  • From Middle English trade (“path, course of conduct"), cognate with Old English tredan (“tread"); See Online Etymology Dictionary

    From Wiktionary