trad·​er | \ ˈtrā-dər How to pronounce trader (audio) \

Definition of trader

1 : a person whose business is buying and selling or barter: such as
b : a person who buys and sells (something, such as stocks or commodities futures) in search of short-term profits
2 : a ship engaged in the coastal or foreign trade

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Examples of trader in a Sentence

She is a stock trader. early explorers and fur traders
Recent Examples on the Web Born in Medford, Mass., to a family of modest means, Bloomberg made his money selling information technology to bankers, traders and others in the finance industry. Michael Scherer, Anchorage Daily News, "Former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg files papers to join Democratic race for president," 21 Nov. 2019 The second group Leshner says, are traders and crypto hedge funds that want to leverage their Ethereum holdings for short term investments. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Exclusive: Compound Raises $25 Million to Expand Crypto Lending," 14 Nov. 2019 When the inversion deepened over the summer, traders and pundits began to speak of recession as a real possibility. The Economist, "America’s yield curve is no longer inverted," 14 Nov. 2019 Their plan is to prosper by offering high-end data services to stock traders and others willing to pay richly to shave a few milliseconds off their transmission times. Washington Post, "Why Low-Earth Orbit Satellites Are the New Space Race," 31 Oct. 2019 Oil held steady as traders weighed a report of rising stockpiles at a U.S. storage hub against signs that Saudi Arabia is willing to make deeper production cuts. Heesu Lee And Alex Longley, Houston Chronicle, "Oil steady as traders weigh stockpile gain, deeper output cuts," 30 Oct. 2019 Others put traders in a selling mood after some companies warned that the slowing global economy and trade tensions are hitting their profits., "US stock indexes eked out tiny gains Wednesday after a wobbly day of trading as investors reviewed another set of mixed quarterly report cards from big companies.," 24 Oct. 2019 Apple sales are more than 20% of Kashmir’s economy, and police in the region say insurgent groups are pressuring traders and truck drivers to avoid the apple trade as part of anti-India protests. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Police arrest Kashmir protesters, rebels kill truck driver," 15 Oct. 2019 Some are traders and entrepreneurs going to China to make deals and export Chinese goods to their home countries and regions. Youyou Zhou, Quartz Africa, "Why Chinese are traveling to Africa, and why Africans are traveling to China," 10 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of trader

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of trader was in 1566

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28 Nov 2019

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“Trader.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of trader

: a person who buys, sells, or exchanges goods


trad·​er | \ ˈtrā-dər How to pronounce trader (audio) \

Kids Definition of trader

1 : a person who trades
2 : a ship engaged in commerce

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