trade down


traded down; trading down; trades down

intransitive verb

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

Examples of trade down in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dallas trades down five spots in deal with draft host Detroit. Greg Cote, Miami Herald, 26 Apr. 2024 Could the Niners have traded down a few picks and taken him? Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 26 Apr. 2024 Patriots could look to trade down New England is still looking to find a replacement for legendary quarterback Tom Brady, who left the franchise in 2019. Greg Rosenstein, NBC News, 25 Apr. 2024 Wild card: Trade up Over the past 16 NFL Drafts, Loomis has traded up 26 times, and hasn’t traded down once. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Apr. 2024 The scout in me says trade down outta No. 12 and try to get picks, picks, picks. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, 22 Apr. 2024 The news sent Tesla’s stock down more than 3% in premarket trading Friday, and shares were trading down about 2% by mid-morning. William Gavin, Quartz, 22 Mar. 2024 Davis says Williams' ability as a passer is too good for the Bears to trade down. Ayrton Ostly, USA TODAY, 22 Feb. 2024 While picking a quarterback often felt like a no-brainer, Justin Fields has played well enough to keep his job, giving Chicago the option to trade down for the second year in a row and continue to build the roster around him. C.j. Doon, Baltimore Sun, 2 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of trade down was in 1905

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“Trade down.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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