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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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 Ireland also faces threats outside the virus, mainly the prospect of the U.K. crashing out of the European Union without a trade deal. Peter Flanagan, Bloomberg.com, "Ireland Lays Out $21 Billion Plan to Counter Virus, Brexit," 13 Oct. 2020 Data sharing is subject of ongoing negotiations between the U.K. and EU over a post-Brexit trade deal. Ben Dummett, WSJ, "London Stock Exchange Group Sells Italian Exchange for $5.1 Billion, Paving Way for Refinitiv Deal," 9 Oct. 2020 Stagnation in the fourth quarter could be followed by worse in early 2021, especially if talks on a new trade deal between Britain and the European Union fail. Hanna Ziady, CNN, "The UK recovery is slowing. That could mean a very hard winter," 9 Oct. 2020 Beneath the public sparring in the post-Brexit trade deal talks, there are some signs of progress. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Markets climb as Wall Street grows more content with a possible Biden presidency," 8 Oct. 2020 One frequent boast is that his signing of a China trade deal earlier this year is straightening out decades of imbalance between the two nations. Aamer Madhani, chicagotribune.com, "Check’s in the mail: Trump offering government aid, including cash, in weeks before the election," 1 Oct. 2020 China agreed to import a record $36.5 billion in U.S. farm goods in the Phase One trade deal signed in January, with pork expected to be key to reaching the mark. Karl Plume Reuters, Star Tribune, "Surge in U.S. pork exports to China led by Brazil's JBS, China's WH Group," 25 Sep. 2020 But Trump, who was eager to make a big trade deal with China, cut the pressure on ZTE, which settled with the U.S. Commerce Department. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, "The TikTok Fiasco Reflects the Bankruptcy of Trump’s Foreign Policy," 25 Sep. 2020 Any trade deal between the U.S. and U.K. must be contingent upon respect for the Agreement and preventing the return of a hard border. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "Biden Is Wrong on Ireland and Brexit," 20 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But in an ironic twist, the company scored roughly the same amount of new investor money into strategies that track markets and funds that trade on exchanges as those run by managers that attempt to beat markets in the third quarter. Dawn Lim, WSJ, "BlackRock’s Third-Quarter Profit Climbed on Steady Inflows, Higher Fee Revenue," 13 Oct. 2020 Turning to trade, Harris said Trump’s tariffs have hurt manufacturing. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "In VP debate, Mike Pence defends Donald Trump’s record, which Kamala Harris calls ‘greatest failure’ in history," 8 Oct. 2020 Asana has registered 30 million shares that could trade on the first day. Crystal Tse, Bloomberg.com, "Asana Set to Test Direct Listing Model Alongside Palantir," 29 Sep. 2020 According to Shoebridge, Australia's future approach to trade with China will seek to conflate economic and political goals into a single policy, rather than treating them as separate tracks. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "China is inching toward another trade war," 27 Sep. 2020 So climate change would be fully integrated into our foreign policy and national security strategies, as well as our approach to trade. CBS News, "Biden foreign policy adviser Antony Blinken on top global challenges," 23 Sep. 2020 Felton and William Sparks, T.I.’s social media manager, also sought to trade on his name to sell and promote the cryptocurrencies, federal authorities said. Jeff Amy, USA TODAY, "Rapper T.I. settles charges from the SEC that he pushed bogus cryptocurrency, pays $75,000 fine," 15 Sep. 2020 The withdrawal agreement, which has already been signed and ratified, includes measures to ensure there are no barriers to trade or travel between Northern Ireland, which is part of the U.K., and EU member the Republic of Ireland. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, "UK bill to override Brexit agreement would break international law should negotiations fail, officials say," 9 Sep. 2020 A couple of testy days followed, with several reports indicating the Saints were willing to trade their star running back if the compensation was right. Luke Johnson, NOLA.com, "Sean Payton 'confident' Saints will get a deal done with Alvin Kamara," 7 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But Biden is also at risk of turning off non-Democrats: 78% of Republicans and 76% of independents are pro-trade. Steve Chapman, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Americans love free trade. Trump and Biden don’t.," 16 Sep. 2020 In fact, in recent decades, the Senate has tended to be less populist and more pro-trade than the House. Daniel Griswold, National Review, "A Timely Defense of Free Trade," 15 Sep. 2020 An intermission came in the form of Ronna Romney McDaniel, who was permitted to give a fairly anodyne Republican adoration of Trump as anti-tax and pro-trade. Adam Weinstein, The New Republic, "Republicans Invite America to Play the “Dear Leader” Lottery," 24 Aug. 2020 The January deal was expected to jumpstart soybean exports to China to levels exceeding pre-trade war highs. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "China wants U.S. soybeans checked for coronavirus, further complicating the trade deal with Trump," 24 June 2020 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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Time Traveler for trade

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The first known use of trade was in the 15th century

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Last Updated

17 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Trade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trade. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for trade

trade

noun
How to pronounce trade (audio)

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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