trade down

verb
traded down; trading down; trades down

Definition of trade down

intransitive verb

1 : to trade something in (such as an automobile) for something less expensive or valuable of its kind
2 : to stock or purchase lower-priced items : economize

First Known Use of trade down

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Trade down.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trade%20down. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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