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 tradeable (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 During Friday’s hearing U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan repeatedly asked about the trade-off between personal rights and pubic interests. orlandosentinel.com, "Strip clubs in Florida city fight to lower dancer age to 18," 21 Sep. 2020 Lamet underscored Preller’s aggressiveness in landing starter Mike Clevinger, Rosenthal and other bullpen cogs at the trade deadline. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Preller’s Padres chart unique path to long-awaited postseason," 20 Sep. 2020 Experts have cautioned that there is generally a trade-off between accuracy and reliability. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, "Experimental coronavirus test aims to be first to offer quick results from home, but how accurate is it?," 17 Sep. 2020 Another slow start this season led Seattle to sell his contract to Toronto, and the Blue Jays gave Vogelbach a whopping two games before designating him for assignment in a trade-deadline revamping of their roster. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Thankful for a clean slate, Daniel Vogelbach has made the most of his chance so far with the Brewers," 16 Sep. 2020 If not, his expiring contract could prove to be a valuable chip leading up to next season’s trade deadline. oregonlive, "Will Rodney Hood overcome Achilles injury to resume his rise?: Trail Blazers season review, look ahead," 16 Sep. 2020 Low band signals have a much larger range and can penetrate structures better than higher band signals, but the trade-off is speed. Ken Colburn, The Arizona Republic, "5G phones are coming soon. Here's how to track each network's coverage map," 15 Sep. 2020 Scanning also eliminates a past trade-off: whether to sacrifice a fossil’s soft-tissue imprints to whittle down to bones. National Geographic, "DINOSAURS," 15 Sep. 2020 Even if the tests are marginally less accurate, the trade-off may be worth it. Fortune, "Spit vs. Swab? Scientists say new studies support use of ‘saliva tests’ for COVID," 5 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Bring in a minifigure from home to trade with employees for a special Halloween minifig. Alison Stanton, The Arizona Republic, "47 Halloween events around Phoenix scare up fun for all ages," 13 Sep. 2020 Yet in resisting the temptation to trade time for more predictable cash flow, Tyra is playing the long game and, arguably, adroitly. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville athletics loses $26.8 million in guarantees from IMG, but still stands to gain," 11 Sep. 2020 Many around the league are still scratching their heads about Houston’s decision to trade WR DeAndre Hopkins. Tyler Dragon, The Enquirer, "How many games will the Bengals win this season? The Enquirer predicts the team's record," 10 Sep. 2020 The surplus gives them the opportunity to trade either Pharaoh Brown or Stephen Carlson if someone makes a nice offer, but there’s no pressure to do so. cleveland, "Is David Njoku a trade option with the Browns keeping 5 tight ends? Hey, Mary Kay!," 6 Sep. 2020 The Jazz are limited in their ability to trade future picks. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "The Utah Jazz are headed for a big offseason. These are the moves they’ll try to make.," 5 Sep. 2020 Firms also face a new red-tape burden even if there is a free-trade agreement, requiring customs paperwork and extra regulatory approvals to trade with the EU. Joe Mayes, Bloomberg.com, "U.K. Companies Aren’t Preparing for Brexit Due to Virus, Institute Says," 27 Aug. 2020 Having the ability to trade an ETF during the day can result in investors trading too frequently, which could hurt returns, Wild warns. Adam Shell, USA TODAY, "What are ETF stocks and why you should consider them for your portfolio," 24 Aug. 2020 The last time prices surged that much was in 2000 and 2001 after California allowed utilities, Wall Street banks and other players to trade electricity more freely with one another. Ivan Penn, New York Times, "California Expresses Frustration as Blackouts Enter 4th Day," 17 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But Biden is also at risk of turning off non-Democrats: 78% of Republicans and 76% of independents are pro-trade. Steve Chapman, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Americans love free trade. Trump and Biden don’t.," 16 Sep. 2020 In fact, in recent decades, the Senate has tended to be less populist and more pro-trade than the House. Daniel Griswold, National Review, "A Timely Defense of Free Trade," 15 Sep. 2020 An intermission came in the form of Ronna Romney McDaniel, who was permitted to give a fairly anodyne Republican adoration of Trump as anti-tax and pro-trade. Adam Weinstein, The New Republic, "Republicans Invite America to Play the “Dear Leader” Lottery," 24 Aug. 2020 The January deal was expected to jumpstart soybean exports to China to levels exceeding pre-trade war highs. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "China wants U.S. soybeans checked for coronavirus, further complicating the trade deal with Trump," 24 June 2020 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'trade.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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Time Traveler for trade

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

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Last Updated

23 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Trade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trade. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for trade

trade

noun
How to pronounce trade (audio)

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
US, 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 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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