barter

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verb

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

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
barterer noun

barter

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noun

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

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
For example, the new company is paying a premium to brokers and importers, not bartering down growers, to make sure workers are being taken care of long term. Eric Jackson, Sportico.com, 2 July 2024 Instead, community members are encouraged to barter their time and skills for goods and services. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, 5 Apr. 2023
Noun
Essentially, this a barter system that assessed value in rubles. Anthony Kuhn, NPR, 20 June 2024 This, and Moscow's veto, underscore how Russia and North Korea have intensified their bilateral relations beyond largely transactional, barter agreements, said Edward Howell, an expert on North Korea at Oxford University. Fox News, 7 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for barter 

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Word History

Etymology

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"

First Known Use

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of barter was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Barter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barter. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

barter

1 of 2 verb
bar·​ter ˈbärt-ər How to pronounce barter (audio)
: to trade one thing for another without the use of money
barterer noun

barter

2 of 2 noun
: the exchange of goods without the use of money

Legal Definition

barter

1 of 2 intransitive verb
bar·​ter ˈbär-tər How to pronounce barter (audio)
: 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

2 of 2 noun
: 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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