trade

noun
\ˈtrād \

Definition of trade 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a(1) : the business of buying and selling or bartering commodities : commerce

(2) : business, market novelties for the tourist trade did a good trade in small appliances

b obsolete : dealings between persons or groups

2a : an act or instance of trading : transaction also : an exchange of property usually without use of money

b : a firm's customers : clientele

c : the group of firms engaged in a business or industry

3a : an occupation requiring manual or mechanical skill : craft

b : the business or work in which one engages regularly : occupation

c : the persons engaged in an occupation, business, or industry

4 : a customary course of action : practice thy sin's not accidental, but a trade— William Shakespeare

5 : trade wind usually used in plural

6 : a publication intended for persons in the entertainment business usually used in plural

7a obsolete : a path traversed : way

b archaic : a track or trail left by a person or animal : tread sense 4

trade

verb
traded; trading

Definition of trade (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to give one thing in exchange for another

2a : to engage in the exchange, purchase, or sale of goods

b : to make one's purchases : shop trades at his store

4 obsolete : to have dealings : negotiate

transitive verb

1a : to give in exchange for another commodity : barter also : to make an exchange of traded places

b : to engage in frequent buying and selling of (stocks, commodities, etc.) usually in search of quick profits

2 archaic : to do business with

trade on

: to take often unscrupulous advantage of : exploit traded on their influence … in securing special favors— T. C. Pease

trade

adjective

Definition of trade (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : of, relating to, or used in trade

2a : intended for or limited to persons in a business or industry a trade publication trade sales

b : serving others in the same business rather than the ultimate user or consumer a trade printing house

3 or less commonly trades : of, composed of, or representing the trades or trade unions a trade committee

4 : having a larger softcover format than that of a mass-market paperback and usually sold only in bookstores trade paperbacks also : of or relating to the publishing of such books

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Other Words from trade

Verb

tradable or less commonly tradeable \ˈtrā-​də-​bəl \ adjective

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Noun

business, commerce, trade, industry, traffic mean activity concerned with the supplying and distribution of commodities. business may be an inclusive term but specifically designates the activities of those engaged in the purchase or sale of commodities or in related financial transactions. commerce and trade imply the exchange and transportation of commodities. industry applies to the producing of commodities, especially by manufacturing or processing, usually on a large scale. traffic applies to the operation and functioning of public carriers of goods and persons.

Examples of trade in a Sentence

Noun

the trade between the two countries Trade accounts for half of our gross national product. The Tigers made a few good trades this season and picked up some promising players.

Verb

If you don't like your seat, I'll trade with you. I traded seats with her halfway through the show. He was traded to the Yankees. They traded him to the Broncos. I traded my pen for a pencil and kept writing. Their firm specializes in trading bonds. She mostly trades in stocks.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But ironically an American president’s clear articulation of moral principle can be necessary to create room for the realpolitik trade-offs that have to be made. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "Nixon, Now More Than Ever," 26 Nov. 2018 And while many of us take precautionary measures such as changing our privacy settings, for a lot of us, ceding our personal data is simply part of the trade-off of living in an uber-connected world. E.j. Dickson, Vox, "Kids’ toys are the latest battleground in the online privacy wars," 21 Nov. 2018 Doing so requires navigating a large series of trade-offs. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Ion drive meets drone, as small plane flies with no moving parts," 21 Nov. 2018 And while being cognizant of using safe(r) products is important, the trade-off shouldn't be a disappointing non-toxic nail polish experience. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "11 Non-Toxic Nail Polishes That Don’t Chip Immediately," 10 Oct. 2018 The trade-off is a saw chain that’s more difficult to sharpen, exhibits more vibration, and may grab small branches aggressively and fling debris more widely. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "The Ultimate Guide To Cutting and Splitting Firewood," 28 Sep. 2018 And that means everything from tuna to stamps to cigarettes has its own unique value in a trade and barter market. Alexandra Cardinale, Vox, "Why ramen is so valuable in prison," 14 Nov. 2018 Arizonans who want to go to college or learn a trade should be able to get a student loan without falling into crippling debt. Jill Filipovic, Harper's BAZAAR, "Your State-by-State Guide to Women Running in the Midterms," 31 Oct. 2018 The trade group argues that a weekend celebration would allow for greater parental supervision and child safety by trick-or-treating during daylight hours — not to mention more time to celebrate without the stress of the work or school week. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "There's a Petition Going Around to Move Halloween to the Last Saturday in October," 24 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Meredith Carey, Laura Redman, and Mark Ellwood will be trading off the lead mic going forward. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Travelogue Podcast: Things You Should Never, Ever Do on a Road Trip," 3 Nov. 2018 Similarly, the Star Wars: Card Trader app gives you access to your Star Wars cards, and a way to trade them, inside its own little universe. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Ready to Pay $25,000 For a Digital Baseball Card?," 14 Aug. 2018 And the Rangers aren’t just going to trade him to dump his salary. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "How Hamels’ start on Friday could impact chances of a trade from Rangers," 12 July 2018 The Iranian rial now trades at 78,500 to the dollar, despite the official rate being 43,100 to $1. Washington Post, "US official links economic protests in Iran to sanctions," 12 July 2018 Sky shares traded at 14.85 pounds as of 8:14 a.m. in London. Bloomberg, Fortune, "The Stakes Just Got Higher in the 21st Century Fox v. Comcast Battle for Sky," 11 July 2018 Gomez was spotted in New York having traded her sometimes supremely polished, sometimes insouciant chop for ironed and elongated lengths primed for devil-may-care hair flips. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Selena Gomez’s Latest Hair Transformation Is Proof She’s Just Fine, Thank You," 10 July 2018 Adams and his men had become friendly with the local Indian chief, who traded them 30 horses and six Indians to transport their menagerie to Portland for sale. Gary Kamiya, SFChronicle.com, "The original Grizzly Adams kept his bears on a chain in SF," 7 July 2018 That move was trading him Thursday to the Brooklyn Nets for center Timofey Mozgov, two second-round draft picks and cash. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte Hornets' Mitch Kupchak explains why Dwight Howard had to go," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The physical components of that particular device were not trade secrets or protected by federal law from being disclosed, the court filing said. Chris Fuchs, NBC News, "Scientist Formerly Accused of Spying Sues Alleging FBI Agent Falsified Evidence," 11 May 2017

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First Known Use of trade

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 7b

Verb

1553, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 4

Adjective

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for trade

Noun

Middle English, from Middle Low German; akin to Old High German trata track, course, Old English tredan to tread

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trade

noun

English Language Learners Definition of trade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the activity or process of buying, selling, or exchanging goods or services

: the amount of things or services that are bought and sold : the money made by buying and selling things or services

: the act of exchanging one thing for another

trade

verb

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

: to give something to someone and receive something in return : to give something in exchange for something else

sports : to give (one of your players) to another team in exchange for one of their players

: to stop using (one thing) and start using another

trade

noun
\ˈtrād \

Kids Definition of trade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the business or work in which a person takes part regularly : occupation

2 : the business of buying and selling items : commerce

3 : an occupation requiring manual or mechanical skill : craft

4 : an act of trading : transaction

5 : the persons working in a business or industry

6 : a firm's customers

trade

verb
traded; trading

Kids Definition of trade (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to give in exchange for something else I'll trade my apple for your banana.

2 : to take part in the exchange, purchase, or sale of goods Our country trades in many parts of the world.

3 : to deal regularly as a customer Because of bad service, I don't trade there anymore.

trade

noun

Legal Definition of trade 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : the business or work in which one engages regularly

b : an occupation requiring manual or mechanical skill

c : the persons engaged in an occupation

2 : the business of buying and selling or bartering commodities

3 : an act or instance of trading also : an exchange of property usually without use of money

trade

verb
traded; trading

Legal Definition of trade (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to engage in the exchange, purchase, or sale of goods

2 : to give one thing in exchange for another

3 : to engage in selling

transitive verb

1 : to give in exchange for another commodity also : to make an exchange of

2 : to engage in frequent buying and selling of (as stocks or commodities) usually in search of quick profits

Other Words from trade

tradable also tradeable adjective
trader noun

trade

adjective

Legal Definition of trade (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : of, relating to, or used in trade or in a particular trade or business

2 also trades : of, composed of, or representing the trades or labor unions

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