barter

verb
bar·​ter | \ ˈbär-tər How to pronounce barter (audio) \
bartered; bartering; barters

Definition of barter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to trade by exchanging one commodity for another : to trade goods or services in exchange for other goods or services farmers bartering for supplies with their crops bartered with the store's owner

transitive verb

: to trade or exchange by or as if by bartering bartering work for food

barter

noun

Definition of barter (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or practice of trading goods or services for other goods or services : the act or practice of carrying on trade by bartering
2 : goods or services that are traded for other goods or services : the thing given in exchange in bartering

Other Words from barter

Verb

barterer \ ˈbär-​tər-​ər How to pronounce barter (audio) \ noun

Examples of barter in a Sentence

Noun The tribes use a system of barter. The explorers used blankets and other supplies for barter to get food from the native people.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb New Orleans will beg and barter their last dollar to keep the Saints. Christopher Dodson, Forbes, 3 Oct. 2021 Plastic is the new currency, and pluckers barter their daily catch for necessities. Los Angeles Times, 26 Oct. 2021 For women, that means toiling as nude dancers, entertaining men who have gathered from miles around to barter their scrap for homemade alcohol and gawking privileges. Los Angeles Times, 26 Oct. 2021 In a filing as recently as August 30, Rosengart accused Jamie of attempting to extort or barter his removal as her conservator for $2 million in payments. Claudia Rosenbaum, Vulture, 10 Sep. 2021 Britney Spears’s lawyer has filed court papers accusing the singer’s father of attempting to extort or barter his removal as her conservator for $2 million in payments. Claudia Rosenbaum, Vulture, 1 Sep. 2021 Barker had a vision of a community where women could barter their knowledge to help each other grow their respective businesses. Cheryl Robinson, Forbes, 29 June 2021 For example, a woman needing financial advice might barter her know-how with a woman in need of legal assistance. Cheryl Robinson, Forbes, 29 June 2021 The question is whether the tuition-free headline was designed to forestall a deeper examination of the decision to barter away the school name. Los Angeles Times, 17 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Discussions about potential barter deals tend to rise when Iran is feeling under pressure on the international stage. Dominic Dudley, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 This barter system benefits the environment and empowers the local people. CNN, 29 Oct. 2021 Lacking cash, some in Zhengzhou turned to barter, including a man who paid for vegetables with cigarettes, one of thousands of examples shared on Chinese social media about what happens when digital money goes on the fritz. James T. Areddy, WSJ, 19 Oct. 2021 Some scholars argue that money began as a way to facilitate barter between merchants and customers. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Aug. 2021 While the art of the barter is a must, shopkeepers are gentle and inviting—a unique trait of Omani hospitality. Irene S. Levine, Forbes, 16 May 2021 However, bitcoin can be used to purchase goods and services, and the accounting treatment relies on the barter system approach to track economic gains and losses. Dave Sackett, Forbes, 13 May 2021 Interestingly, cash was not the only way to pay -- barter was also employed. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, 13 May 2021 As for the decibel clamor — that was the barter deal for a bigger, better L.A. Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of barter

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for barter

Verb

Middle English bartren, from Anglo-French *bareter to do business, exchange, alteration of Old French barater — more at barratry

Noun

Middle English, noun derivative of bartren "to barter entry 1"

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“Barter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barter. Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for barter

barter

verb

English Language Learners Definition of barter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to exchange things (such as products or services) for other things instead of for money

barter

noun

English Language Learners Definition of barter (Entry 2 of 2)

: a system in which goods or services are exchanged for other goods or services instead of for money
: goods or services that are exchanged for other goods or services

barter

verb
bar·​ter | \ ˈbär-tər How to pronounce barter (audio) \
bartered; bartering

Kids Definition of barter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to trade by exchanging one thing for another without the use of money

Other Words from barter

barterer \ ˈbär-​tər-​ər \ noun

barter

noun

Kids Definition of barter (Entry 2 of 2)

: the trade of one thing for another without the use of money

barter

intransitive verb
bar·​ter | \ ˈbär-tər How to pronounce barter (audio) \

Legal Definition of barter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to trade by exchanging one commodity or service for another

transitive verb

: to trade or exchange by or as if by bartering — compare sell

barter

noun

Legal Definition of barter (Entry 2 of 2)

: the art or practice of carrying on trade or exchange by or as if by bartering : exchange of one commodity or service for another — compare sale

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