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

Synonyms for trade

Synonyms: Noun

calling, employment, game, line, occupation, profession, vocation, work

Synonyms: Verb

deal, traffic

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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

Related stories from Fort Worth Star Telegram How Hamels’ start on Friday could impact chances of a trade from Rangers Rangers Reaction: Were Rangers trying to save Choo’s streak by not using him to hit late? Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "Video: The idea of the Rangers trading Adrian Beltre hilariously devastates young fan," 12 July 2018 That revelation formed the basis for a seven-player trade between the Coyotes and the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Arizona Coyotes complete seven-player deal with Chicago Blackhawks," 12 July 2018 The Hornets made a draft-night trade for the rights to Graham, sending two future second-round picks to the Atlanta Hawks to move up to No. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "What ailment will sideline Charlotte Hornets rookie Devonte Graham?," 11 July 2018 So the Sox would be selling low on Abreu anyway, making a trade even harder to understand. David Haugh, chicagotribune.com, "No apology necessary: White Sox All-Star Jose Abreu worth keeping more than trading," 11 July 2018 That could change very quickly — say, a trade for Damian Lillard (interesting rumor) or acquiring Carmelo Anthony on the cheap. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "LeBron James’ Lakers may win someday, but not now," 7 July 2018 Without salary cap space this summer, the Spurs’ biggest roster changes were always going to come from a potential Kawhi Leonard trade. Nick Talbot, San Antonio Express-News, "Writers’ Roundtable: How the Spurs’ and NBA free agency is shaping up," 7 July 2018 In February 2013, the small forward was part of a six-player trade that also sent Thomas Robinson and Francisco Garcia to the Houston Rockets for Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich and Toney Douglas. Claire Morgan, sacbee, "Former Sacramento King Tyler Honeycutt found dead after standoff with LAPD," 7 July 2018 Under Mussolini, children in Italy had to learn a trade. Carole Carlson, Post-Tribune, "Longtime Merrillville tailor John Cicco dead at 93," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Kim Kardashian and her kin have taken the bike short trend everywhere from the club to school drop-off, trading Princess Diana's purple for gray and dropping the Virgin Atlantic logos in favor of a more straight-forward look in muted tones. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Diana Is Your OG Chic Bike Shorts Inspo," 6 July 2018 After today’s plea, he’s barred from trading securities in New York State. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "‘Free tablet’ scammer will pay $2.8 million for rebate scheme," 1 July 2018 For the operation, special agents from Homeland Security posed as money launderers on trading websites such as Silk Road and Dream Marketplace, which are accessible only by encrypted means. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Sacramento dark web dealers busted in nationwide Homeland Security operation," 26 June 2018 That especially holds true should the Marlins choose to trade players like Derek Dietrich, Justin Bour or Starlin Castro before this month’s trade deadline. 3. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "A Closer Look: Miami Marlins 2, Philadelphia Phillies 0," 14 July 2018 Higher barriers to trade will add to inflation and hurt GDP, but to an extent that is hard to fathom. The Economist, "Even stockmarket bulls are more cautious than at the start of the year," 12 July 2018 If someone in the U.S. makes too much money in their personal dealings with trading partners, Democrats offset that comparative advantage through taxation. WSJ, "Boosting Industry Isn’t Trump’s Sole Trade Goal," 11 July 2018 The Lakers love Kuzma, remain loath to trade Ingram and have invested heavily in Ball. Lee Jenkins, SI.com, "Fit For The King: LeBron James and the Lakers Form Hollywood's Ultimate Marriage," 11 July 2018 Another factor is whether the administration keeps antagonizing trading partners other than China. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Can the US-China trade war be stopped? 11 experts weigh in.," 8 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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