trade up

verb
traded up; trading up; trades up

Definition of trade up

intransitive verb

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

First Known Use of trade up

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Trade up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trade%20up. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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