trade up


traded up; trading up; trades up

intransitive verb

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

Examples of trade up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bitcoin, in turn, notched an all-time-high in March and was trading up 46% year-to-date at $64,000 as of Wednesday. Marco Quiroz-Gutierrez, Fortune, 15 May 2024 Reese — who the Sky traded up to select No. 7 in this year’s WNBA draft — wore Marco Capaldo 16Arlington. Julia Poe, Chicago Tribune, 7 May 2024 The Dow quickly jumped more than 500 points after markets opened, before giving some of those gains back to trade up 363 points, or almost 1%, by mid-morning. Vinamrata Chaturvedi, Quartz, 3 May 2024 Relatively high interest rates exacerbate the problem by preventing existing homeowners from trading up or downsizing and taking on new mortgages, further restricting supply. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 May 2024 Teams have to a pay a premium to trade up into the top-5 and draft a quarterback. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Apr. 2024 Others see Maye’s landing spot scattered throughout the top of the first round — from dipping outside of the top five picks to being the apple of the eye of a team trading up into that same range. Mike Kaye, Charlotte Observer, 8 Apr. 2024 Dollar General stock initially jumped 9% during pre-market trading Thursday morning following its fourth quarter earnings report, before giving back some of those gains to trade up more than 4.5%. Francisco Velasquez, Quartz, 14 Mar. 2024 The Eagles eventually traded up from No. 12 to No. 10 in a deal with Dallas, and Philadelphia took WR DeVonta Smith. Noah Trister, USA TODAY, 12 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 up was in 1905

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“Trade up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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