1 of 2


: an item of merchandise (such as an automobile or refrigerator) taken as payment or part payment for a purchase

trade in

2 of 2


traded in; trading in; trades in

transitive verb

: to turn in as payment or part payment for a purchase or bill
trade the old car in on a new one

Examples of trade-in in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
About 10% of Group 1’s inventory comes from auctions, while 70% comes from trade-ins, according to the company. Kristin Broughton, WSJ, 24 Nov. 2023 Regardless of your payment method, Apple will send a trade-in kit. Nick Guy,, 13 Sep. 2023 Check the offer details or additional terms on each carrier’s iPhone product page for the full list of eligible trade-in devices. WIRED, 9 Nov. 2023 Generally, experts said that the trade-in values of iPhones are higher than those of similar high-end Android phones, but not always. Shira Ovide, Washington Post, 3 Nov. 2023 Both promotions require one of AT&T’s unlimited data plans and an eligible trade-in. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, 12 Sep. 2023 The brand offers a trade-in and buy used program to keep apparel out of landfills, and the Sweetwater Fleece Jacket is carbon neutral and 100-percent recycled. Lydia Price, Travel + Leisure, 31 Oct. 2023 Find out how much your current vehicle will be worth be as a trade-in. Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNN, 10 Oct. 2023 Lines were waited in, trade-ins were made, all in the hopes that the newest model would be the game changer at a time when tech giants are dropping new smartphones like hot cakes. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 29 Sep. 2023
Homes within Jumby Bay are typically traded in off-market deals to long-time visitors or owners of other homes. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 22 Nov. 2023 This year, amid a severe shortage of U.S. dollars, Bolivia began trading in China’s currency, the yuan. Cate Cadell, Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2023 Russian businessmen are strong-arming local business owners into selling stores and farms, and Central Asian migrants have shown up to trade in markets and work as laborers. Matthew Mpoke Bigg Tyler Hicks, New York Times, 16 Nov. 2023 Chris Pratt has traded in his plumber uniform for something with a little more fur in the first trailer for Columbia Pictures and Alcon Entertainment’s The Garfield Movie. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Nov. 2023 Morning trade in Hong Kong was suspended due to a typhoon, while markets in Japan and South Korea were closed for holidays. David Goldman, CNN, 8 Oct. 2023 Shares have been trading in the $80 range, down from $197 two years ago. Brooks Barnes, New York Times, 8 Nov. 2023 Winter coat season is nearly upon us, and this year, celebrities are trading in their basics for punchier options. Taylor Jean Stephan, Peoplemag, 4 Nov. 2023 Most people in the United States sell or trade in their older phone when purchasing a new one. Shira Ovide, Washington Post, 3 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1915, in the meaning defined above


1891, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of trade-in was in 1891

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“Trade-in.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: something given in trade usually as part payment for a purchase

trade in

2 of 2 verb
: to turn in as a payment or part payment for a purchase

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