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 The stock market’s November rally took a breather last week, with the S&P 500 trading mostly flat as trade talks between the U.S. and China appeared to once again stall. Benzinga, Detroit Free Press, "Stock market pauses, Fed chair says current policy seems right," 16 Nov. 2019 Adding to the troubles of forestry managers is this: Larch used to be popular in the trades; its straight trunk made a perfect telephone pole. Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, "Bonnie Blodgett: Living and (hands-on) learning with my Japanese larch," 16 Nov. 2019 Investors mostly shrugged off published reports this week suggesting that trade talks have hit a snag. Alex Veiga, SFChronicle.com, "Amid many market milestones, Dow tops 28,000," 15 Nov. 2019 Investors were still awaiting more details on the status of trade talks between the United States and China. BostonGlobe.com, "S&P 500 ekes out record high after listless day of trading - The Boston Globe," 15 Nov. 2019 The ongoing trade talks with China are one element of the effort, as is the effort at the World Trade Organization to change China’s designation as a developing nation. Christopher R. O'dea, National Review, "Mike Pompeo’s View of China," 7 Nov. 2019 The trade talks have missed multiple deadlines since Trump and Xi launched them 11 months ago over a steak dinner in Buenos Aires. David J. Lynch, Anchorage Daily News, "China, U.S. make progress in trade talks, raising hopes of a breakthrough," 7 Nov. 2019 Executives are waiting to see what happens with President Donald Trump's trade talks with China. Heather Long, chicagotribune.com, "After a summer of panic, fears of a U.S. recession ease a bit," 6 Nov. 2019 Kenyan Drake, acquired by the Cardinals on Monday in a trade with the Miami Dolphins, ran for 36 yards on the first play of the game and capped the opening drive with a 4-yard touchdown run. David Brandt, orlandosentinel.com, "Garoppolo throws 4 TD passes as 49ers beat Cardinals 28-25," 31 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Hyde is averaging a career-high 4.7 yards per carry one year after being traded from the Cleveland Browns to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans' Carlos Hyde grateful to be counted on after bouncing around NFL," 15 Nov. 2019 Harris was selected by the Orlando Pride in the 2015 Expansion Draft and Krieger was traded to the team a year later in November 2016. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "USWNT stars Ashlyn Harris, Ali Krieger reportedly say they struggled to play for homophobic Washington Spirit owner," 15 Nov. 2019 Taubman repeatedly yelled toward the group about closer Roberto Osuna, who was suspended for 75 games last year for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy and then was traded from Toronto to Houston. Washington Post, "Astros sign stealing charges latest to tarnish reputation," 14 Nov. 2019 Eugenio Suárez was the club’s only player with more than 20 homers and 60 RBI besides Yasiel Puig, who was traded away in July. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Reds seeking offensive upgrades in offseason after inconsistent year," 14 Nov. 2019 Bennett, who was traded from the New England Patriots more than two weeks ago, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Monday that his new decision to stand during the anthem doesn't diminish what's he's advocated for. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Dallas Cowboys' Michael Bennett says his teammates convinced him to stand for the national anthem," 12 Nov. 2019 In his seven games with Pittsburgh since being traded by the Miami Dolphins, Fitzpatrick has intercepted five passes. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Alabama NFL roundup: Derrick Henry runs for 188 yards for Titans," 11 Nov. 2019 Bowey's goal was just his second since being traded from Washington to Detroit last season and the third of his career. Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press, "Anthony Mantha's goal late gives Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 win over Vegas, and a win streak," 10 Nov. 2019 Thames began the season as the backup to Jesús Aguilar, who fell into a massive slump and eventually was traded to Tampa Bay. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers trade Chase Anderson to Toronto, decide not to exercise 2020 option on Eric Thames," 4 Nov. 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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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

19 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Trade.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/traded. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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