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 Clemson coach makes title game Rocky vs. Drago Cowboys' to-do list: Top 5 issues for Mike McCarthy Weekly Pulse: Will Lakers look to trade Kyle Kuzma? Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, "Say what? How LSU, Clemson football coaches were shaped by pronunciations," 12 Jan. 2020 Authorities in this West African nation outlawed the trade of donkey skins three years ago, but animal advocates say the problem persists because enforcement has been shaky. Washington Post, "Chinese demand is fueling donkey theft and stressing out farmers in Ghana," 11 Jan. 2020 When Lambs Become Lions reveals vivid personal histories and stakes on both sides of the trade. Heather Hansman, Outside Online, "'When Lambs Become Lions' Explores a Violent Trade," 11 Jan. 2020 It is named after the late co-founder of the long defunct industry trade RPM Weekly, which co-founded the Juno Awards. Karen Bliss, Billboard, "Canadian Music Veteran Pegi Cecconi to Receive Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award at Juno Dinner," 10 Jan. 2020 The Brewers were able to come to terms with only one of their three arbitration-eligible players, agreeing on a $2.725 million contract with catcher Omar Narváez, acquired earlier in the winter in a trade with Seattle. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers unable to reach settlements with Josh Hader, Brent Suter before figures exchanged," 10 Jan. 2020 The stock markets rose modestly on the report, with the Dow crossing the 29,000 mark shortly in early trade before falling back to 28,980. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "December hiring remained steady, with employers adding 145,000 jobs," 10 Jan. 2020 Today, the island, officially known by the archaic pre-civil-war name Republic of China, is blocked by Beijing from joining the U.N. or potentially lucrative free-trade groupings. Time, "Taiwan Is the Last Free Place in the Chinese-Speaking World. Can President Tsai Ing-wen Preserve Its Democracy?," 9 Jan. 2020 In a three-player trade that added more competition to the back-end of Houston’s unsettled rotation, the Astros brought Austin Pruitt home. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Rays trade Austin Pruitt to his hometown Astros for 2 minor leaguers," 9 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In 2018, Trump withdrew from the nuclear agreement signed under President Barack Obama that traded curbs on the program for the easing of sanctions. Ben Fox, Anchorage Daily News, "US announces new sanctions on Iran after missile strikes," 10 Jan. 2020 Crossing the 100-cents-on-the-dollar mark is a symbolic victory for the company because the bond has traded poorly for years and hit a low of 81 cents on the dollar in May, according to data from MarketAxess. Matt Wirz, WSJ, "Tesla Bond Feeling 100: Hits Face Value for First Time Since 2017," 8 Jan. 2020 This was not the first reported emotional outburst this season from Love, who according to a report in the Athletic — as well as lots of video evidence — is unhappy in Cleveland and wants to be traded. Mike Finger, ExpressNews.com, "LaMarcus Aldridge’s market value rising as San Antonio Spurs fight for playoff spot," 7 Jan. 2020 An Arizona Republic writer explores the possibility that the Phoenix Suns might trade for Karl-Anthony Towns, which would pair him with former UK teammate Devin Booker. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, "Former U of L player Donovan Mitchell is leading the NBA's hottest team," 7 Jan. 2020 The teams traded 10-2 runs before the Aztecs created some semblance of separation with a 25-17 margin at the break. Los Angeles Times, "San Diego State improves to 14-0 with defeat of Fresno State," 1 Jan. 2020 The Browns have been dealing with rumors of numerous players wanting to be traded and this game will serve as their Super Bowl in a hugely disappointing season. oregonlive, "Baltimore Ravens vs Cleveland Browns: Live score updates, TV channel, how to watch free live stream online," 22 Dec. 2019 Neither can be traded unless it can be shown that doing so wouldn’t threaten the survival of their populations in the wild. National Geographic, "Wildlife wins: 7 good-news stories from 2019," 20 Dec. 2019 The authorities are keen that assets, where the underlying risk emanates in India, should be traded onshore, and not via derivatives in Singapore, Hong Kong or London. Andy Mukherjee | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "India Must Clean Up or Clear Out Dodgy Brokers," 26 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

Time Traveler

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

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Last Updated

15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Trade.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/traded%20on. Accessed 28 January 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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