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

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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Cite this Entry

“Trade up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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