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

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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 The idea of exchanging presents is not to barter goods, much less to pay people for milestones and holidays. Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Registries, cash gifts eliminate thoughtfulness," 4 Jan. 2021 Instead, cut six cups of cauliflower florets, steam them in the microwave, and use the resulting mulch to barter with your neighbors for cash. Colin Stokes, The New Yorker, "Twelve Surprising Ways to Use Cauliflower," 11 Dec. 2020 The Montana Republican helped barter a bipartisan agreement that authorized the conservation fund purchases under the Great American Outdoors Act, which was signed into law in August. Matthew Brown, Star Tribune, "Land conservation plan stirs fight over Trump restrictions," 20 Nov. 2020 Cash money became a thing of the past, as people began to barter and share. Ruth Ozeki, New York Times, "The Spirits of Abandoned Ambitions," 10 Nov. 2020 Finding her place in urban farming, Sandra White has a dream to one day build a network in which people don't have to survive solely on money but can barter and trade. Kyla L. Wright, Detroit Free Press, "Awards recognize 7 Detroit women who are leaders in their neighborhoods," 5 Oct. 2020 Unstable structures barter and swap atoms with one another until all of them, happy with their trades, blissfully settle into more relaxed, lower energy states, like rocks reaching the bottom of a hill. Rachel Lance, Wired, "The Tragic Physics of the Deadly Explosion in Beirut," 6 Aug. 2020 Instead, influencers on the app have to barter with brands directly to receive money for advertising products. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "How Bytedance is trying to consolidate TikTok’s user base in India," 15 June 2020 Using peer-to-peer services to share and barter things, from books and CDs to power tools and cars, never took off. The Economist, "What’s mine is yours The sharing economy will have to change," 4 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But those mixed flights, including the eventual launch of Russian cosmonauts aboard the new American spacecraft, will be covered by barter arrangements, not direct cash payments. William Harwood, CBS News, "SpaceX launches 4 astronauts to space station, beginning new era for NASA," 16 Nov. 2020 And don’t counter with the tuition-room-and-board argument, which is barter, not compensation. Los Angeles Times, "Column: If Supreme Court rules against NCAA athlete compensation, the fight must not end," 20 Dec. 2020 In Fiji and Samoa, the government distributed seeds so that people could grow their own food, to eat or trade via informal barter systems. Washington Post, "Remote Pacific islands escaped the coronavirus this year. It devastated their economies anyway.," 18 Dec. 2020 But those mixed flights, including the eventual launch of Russian cosmonauts aboard the new American spacecraft, will be covered by barter arrangements, not direct cash payments. William Harwood, CBS News, "SpaceX launches 4 astronauts to space station, beginning new era for NASA," 16 Nov. 2020 But those mixed flights, including the eventual launch of Russian cosmonauts aboard the new American spacecraft, will be covered by barter arrangements, not direct cash payments. William Harwood, CBS News, "SpaceX launches 4 astronauts to space station, beginning new era for NASA," 16 Nov. 2020 But those mixed flights, including the eventual launch of Russian cosmonauts aboard the new American spacecraft, will be covered by barter arrangements, not direct cash payments. William Harwood, CBS News, "SpaceX launches 4 astronauts to space station, beginning new era for NASA," 16 Nov. 2020 But those mixed flights, including the eventual launch of Russian cosmonauts aboard the new American spacecraft, will be covered by barter arrangements, not direct cash payments. William Harwood, CBS News, "SpaceX launches 4 astronauts to space station, beginning new era for NASA," 16 Nov. 2020 Having only the most anemic impulses to truck and barter, their sole contact is the irregular exchange of dinners. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Note: Going After Google," 20 Oct. 2020

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

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Last Updated

13 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Barter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barter. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for barter

barter

verb
How to pronounce barter (audio)

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
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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