trade

noun
\ ˈtrād How to pronounce trade (audio) \

Definition of trade

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a(1) : the business of buying and selling or bartering commodities : commerce
(2) : business, market novelties for the tourist trade did a good trade in small appliances
b obsolete : dealings between persons or groups
2a : an act or instance of trading : transaction also : an exchange of property usually without use of money
b : a firm's customers : clientele
c : the group of firms engaged in a business or industry
3a : an occupation requiring manual or mechanical skill : craft
b : the business or work in which one engages regularly : occupation
c : the persons engaged in an occupation, business, or industry
4 : a customary course of action : practice thy sin's not accidental, but a trade— William Shakespeare
5 : trade wind usually used in plural
6 : a publication intended for persons in the entertainment business usually used in plural
7a obsolete : a path traversed : way
b archaic : a track or trail left by a person or animal : tread sense 4

trade

verb
traded; trading

Definition of trade (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to give one thing in exchange for another
2a : to engage in the exchange, purchase, or sale of goods
b : to make one's purchases : shop trades at his store
4 obsolete : to have dealings : negotiate

transitive verb

1a : to give in exchange for another commodity : barter also : to make an exchange of traded places
b : to engage in frequent buying and selling of (stocks, commodities, etc.) usually in search of quick profits
2 archaic : to do business with
trade on
: to take often unscrupulous advantage of : exploit traded on their influence … in securing special favors— T. C. Pease

trade

adjective

Definition of trade (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : of, relating to, or used in trade
2a : intended for or limited to persons in a business or industry a trade publication trade sales
b : serving others in the same business rather than the ultimate user or consumer a trade printing house
3 or less commonly trades : of, composed of, or representing the trades or trade unions a trade committee
4 : having a larger softcover format than that of a mass-market paperback and usually sold only in bookstores trade paperbacks also : of or relating to the publishing of such books

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Other Words from trade

Verb

tradable or less commonly tradeable \ ˈtrā-​də-​bəl How to pronounce tradeable (audio) \ adjective

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Noun

business, commerce, trade, industry, traffic mean activity concerned with the supplying and distribution of commodities. business may be an inclusive term but specifically designates the activities of those engaged in the purchase or sale of commodities or in related financial transactions. commerce and trade imply the exchange and transportation of commodities. industry applies to the producing of commodities, especially by manufacturing or processing, usually on a large scale. traffic applies to the operation and functioning of public carriers of goods and persons.

Examples of trade in a Sentence

Noun

the trade between the two countries Trade accounts for half of our gross national product. The Tigers made a few good trades this season and picked up some promising players.

Verb

If you don't like your seat, I'll trade with you. I traded seats with her halfway through the show. He was traded to the Yankees. They traded him to the Broncos. I traded my pen for a pencil and kept writing. Their firm specializes in trading bonds. She mostly trades in stocks.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In 2012, the bank sought a replacement for Robert Zoellick, who had been a chief U.S. trade negotiator. Washington Post, "What a World Bank Critic Might Do as Its President," 18 Sep. 2019 Sync with your league, and this premium tool offers personalized waiver advice, team analysis, projections, optimal lineups and trade suggestions. Frankie Taddeo, SI.com, "Fantasy Football 2019: Week 3 Players You Can Drop," 17 Sep. 2019 Critics say, however, that this would leave Northern Ireland as a de facto part of the EU and its free-trade area, and in the process fragment the United Kingdom. BostonGlobe.com, "There have been few outward signs of progress to suggest the two sides will find a way to sort out the thorniest of issues — the question of how to handle the Irish border in a post-Brexit Europe — and European negotiators are still waiting for the British government to present a new plan.," 17 Sep. 2019 Despite his trade request, Fitzpatrick played in Miami's 43-0 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Miami Dolphins trade Minkah Fitzpatrick," 17 Sep. 2019 Through it all, there was no mention of trade relations or species on the verge of extinction or tsunami relief or the official song of the World Cup. Alejandro Varela, Harper's magazine, "Carlitos in Charge," 16 Sep. 2019 The pitch mix changed over the course of a rocky summer — by Jansen’s standards — as rumors swirled about the Dodgers’ pursuit of elite late-inning relief help ahead of the trade deadline. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen’s two clean outings in a row trigger optimism," 16 Sep. 2019 Fultz was acquired in a trade-deadline deal with the Philadelphia 76ers last season but has yet to appear in a game for the Magic. Roy Parry, orlandosentinel.com, "Magic exercise options on Markelle Fultz, Jonathan Isaac and Mo Bamba," 16 Sep. 2019 Likewise, if the Obama White House had managed to get a cap-and-trade plan through a Democratic Congress in 2009, a basic framework to address the crisis would have at least been in place. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "The Blood-Dimmed Tide," 16 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Beckham played the previous five seasons for the Giants, who traded him to Cleveland in March. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Browns post Monday night victory over Jets," 17 Sep. 2019 Mallett spent a few seasons with the Patriots before he was traded to the Houston Texans in 2014. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Ex-NFL quarterback Ryan Mallett arrested for DWI after crash in Arkansas," 12 Sep. 2019 Trump’s decision to change our posture toward China from free trade to trade war is one of the most significant policy shifts in recent American history — and one of the most misunderstood. Nicholas Phillips, National Review, "The Trade War Is Smart Geopolitics," 5 Sep. 2019 Pillar is arbitration-eligible this offseason and from the time he was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in April, there was speculation as to whether the Giants might trade him in July or non-tender him this offseason. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Kevin Pillar’s year with Giants can prove value of ‘eye test’ this offseason," 3 Sep. 2019 After one season at linebacker with the Packers and last year with the Saints, he's been traded to Miami for Kiko Alonso. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "These former Wisconsin Badgers are all on NFL rosters as the season nears its kickoff," 3 Sep. 2019 The Vikings waived quarterback Kyle Sloter on Saturday after being unable to trade him. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "Vikings release QB Kyle Sloter after being unable to trade him," 31 Aug. 2019 The Angels drafted the left-handed pitcher in 2009 in the first round but ultimately traded him to the Arizona Diamondbacks. NBC News, "Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died with alcohol, fentanyl, oxycodone in system: medical examiner," 30 Aug. 2019 If the Texans don’t trade him, Clowney might sit out the 2019 season. oregonlive.com, "Seattle Seahawks draw interest from Houston Texans’ star Jadeveon Clowney: Report," 28 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The physical components of that particular device were not trade secrets or protected by federal law from being disclosed, the court filing said. Chris Fuchs, NBC News, "Scientist Formerly Accused of Spying Sues Alleging FBI Agent Falsified Evidence," 11 May 2017

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First Known Use of trade

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 7b

Verb

1553, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 4

Adjective

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for trade

Noun

Middle English, from Middle Low German; akin to Old High German trata track, course, Old English tredan to tread

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trade

noun

English Language Learners Definition of trade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the activity or process of buying, selling, or exchanging goods or services
: the amount of things or services that are bought and sold : the money made by buying and selling things or services
: the act of exchanging one thing for another

trade

verb

English Language Learners Definition of trade (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give something to someone and receive something in return : to give something in exchange for something else
US, sports : to give (one of your players) to another team in exchange for one of their players
: to stop using (one thing) and start using another

trade

noun
\ ˈtrād How to pronounce trade (audio) \

Kids Definition of trade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the business or work in which a person takes part regularly : occupation
2 : the business of buying and selling items : commerce
3 : an occupation requiring manual or mechanical skill : craft
4 : an act of trading : transaction
5 : the persons working in a business or industry
6 : a firm's customers

trade

verb
traded; trading

Kids Definition of trade (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to give in exchange for something else I'll trade my apple for your banana.
2 : to take part in the exchange, purchase, or sale of goods Our country trades in many parts of the world.
3 : to deal regularly as a customer Because of bad service, I don't trade there anymore.

trade

noun

Legal Definition of trade

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : the business or work in which one engages regularly
b : an occupation requiring manual or mechanical skill
c : the persons engaged in an occupation
2 : the business of buying and selling or bartering commodities
3 : an act or instance of trading also : an exchange of property usually without use of money

trade

verb
traded; trading

Legal Definition of trade (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to engage in the exchange, purchase, or sale of goods
2 : to give one thing in exchange for another
3 : to engage in selling

transitive verb

1 : to give in exchange for another commodity also : to make an exchange of
2 : to engage in frequent buying and selling of (as stocks or commodities) usually in search of quick profits

Other Words from trade

tradable also tradeable adjective
trader noun

trade

adjective

Legal Definition of trade (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : of, relating to, or used in trade or in a particular trade or business
2 also trades : of, composed of, or representing the trades or labor unions

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