trade

noun
\ ˈtrād How to pronounce trade (audio) \

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 How to pronounce trade (audio) \ 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 Baltimore held on to its pieces at the trade deadline. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, 22 Sep. 2021 Prioritizing the ‘vital few’ requires accepting trade-offs. Dr Margie Warrell, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 Solutions aren’t so clear cut and inevitably involve trade-offs among competing values. Rob Reich, Time, 10 Sep. 2021 There are a number of potential avenues but none is a silver bullet and all involve trade-offs. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Sep. 2021 The nub of the argument is that there are trade-offs involved in decisions about how, when and where to work. London Business School, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 The algorithms just make the trade-offs more transparent. Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Aug. 2021 Such data are essential to assess the opportunities and trade-offs associated with shifting police functions to other actors or organizations. Washington Post, 26 Aug. 2021 The results so far show that pushing the economic accelerator to the floor has trade-offs, specifically the combination of trillions in federal spending with interest rates held near zero. New York Times, 23 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For the second day of Culinary Masters, the chefs trade their knives for clubs to hit the links with guests for a friendly golf tournament. The Editors, Robb Report, 15 Sep. 2021 But the 17-year-old from Limbgaon, a remote village in India’s western state of Maharashtra, would trade anything to be with her classmates again. Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2021 According to a 2019 study, 60% of Millennials would trade a current benefit for help paying off their crushing student debt. Mark C. Perna, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 Can Tituss and Lance Bass just trade off in the future? Ali Barthwell, Vulture, 8 Sep. 2021 Europe’s four big liquor stocks currently trade anywhere from 34% to 58% above their 10-year averages as a multiple of future earnings. Carol Ryan, WSJ, 1 Sep. 2021 Shares now trade around $96 following Monday's pop. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, 30 Aug. 2021 The company will trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol TOST. BostonGlobe.com, 27 Aug. 2021 In those groups, people trade dosing directions and purchasing advice for ivermectin. NBC News, 26 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective When the Cubs have played well post-trade deadline, Schwindel’s performance has been a key role in that success. Meghan Montemurro, chicagotribune.com, 14 Sep. 2021 Evan Fournier, Boston Shot a sizzling 46.3% on 3s for the Celtics post-trade after six seasons in Orlando. Nat Newell, The Indianapolis Star, 27 July 2021 Despite the Cubs being well under .500, there is optimism the worst is behind them during a rollercoaster season that basically has been divided in two unequal parts — the pre- and post-trade deadline teams. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, 11 Sep. 2021 After dropping into second place in the AL East for the first time since June 26, the Red Sox are in need of a win on Sunday night against the Rays to stop a post-trade deadline skid. BostonGlobe.com, 1 Aug. 2021 The agency predicts that this year China will return to its pre-trade war status as the largest buyer of U.S. farm goods, swallowing 23% of total U.S. agricultural exports of $164 billion. Fortune, 10 June 2021 The Stars still have three post-trade deadline recalls remaining, and could theoretically use them before the season finale on Monday. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, 9 May 2021 Because of Hall, who has rejuvenated Krejci, the Bruins were the league’s most productive 5-on-5 team post-trade deadline. BostonGlobe.com, 15 May 2021 San Francisco’s head coach attempted to push back against that narrative during a broad post-trade press conference earlier in April. Vincent Frank, Forbes, 16 Apr. 2021

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

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24 Sep 2021

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“Trade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trade. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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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 : commerce
: 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
: 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 How to pronounce trade (audio) \

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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