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 For some policymakers in Bern, the whole idea of a trade-off between the economy and public health was a false one. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "The Capital Note: Cities after COVID & GM’s Electric Vehicle Push," 8 Sep. 2020 Even if the tests are marginally less accurate, the trade-off may be worth it. Fortune, "Spit vs. Swab? Scientists say new studies support use of ‘saliva tests’ for COVID," 5 Sep. 2020 Even if the tests are marginally less accurate, the trade-off may be worth it. Kristen V Brown, Bloomberg.com, "Spit in a Tube or a Swab in the Nose? Saliva Shows Promise in Covid Test Debate," 4 Sep. 2020 The third group, which includes most democracies, handles the tricky trade-off between crushing the virus and crushing everything that is enjoyable in life reasonably well. The Economist, "Banyan Politics is spreading covid-19 in Indonesia and the Philippines," 29 Aug. 2020 Craig Thomas, former executive director of Sierra Forest Legacy, a nonprofit conservation group, calls smoke a trade-off. Jane Braxton Little, Scientific American, "California Looks to Battle Mega Wildfires with Fire," 20 Aug. 2020 Some students see signing the waivers or agreements as a necessary trade-off for continuing their studies in person and understand the challenges universities are facing. Elyssa Cherney, chicagotribune.com, "Heading off to college? Be prepared to sign a statement ‘voluntarily’ accepting the risk you’ll catch COVID-19," 15 Aug. 2020 There is no trade-off between health and the economy. Michael T. Osterholm And Neel Kashkari, Star Tribune, "Osterholm, Kashkari: The U.S. needs another stint of staying at home," 11 Aug. 2020 More spending – financed by creating money so that families can stay at home, pay the rent and put food on the table – seems a very good trade-off. Steven Pressman, The Conversation, "Trillions in coronavirus spending is putting AOC’s favorite economic theory to the test," 11 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In an azcentral sports Twitter poll, 29.5% of respondents voted that the Suns should trade Oubre. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "Kelly Oubre trade? Phoenix Suns fans respond to speculation," 1 Sep. 2020 Rumors continue to persist that the Brewers might trade Josh Hader. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers remain active in trade discussions as deadline approaches in unpredictable climate," 31 Aug. 2020 The Twins would have needed to submit a foolish offer for Cleveland to trade a starter of that pedigree within the division. Star Tribune, "Twins lose six in a row, and concern goes far beyond quiet deadline," 31 Aug. 2020 In the wake of that murder, Annette, who had been given power of attorney over O’Hare’s assets, began to sell, trade and otherwise exercise those considerable holdings. Rick Kogan, chicagotribune.com, "In tales of the Chicago Outfit, the widowed Annette Nitti mostly stayed in the shadows," 31 Aug. 2020 But now that shares trade for just $128, Apple has gone from being the biggest Dow weighting all the way down to only 17th largest, slightly ahead of IBM and just behind Disney (DIS). Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Apple is no longer king of the Dow. Meet tech's new leader," 31 Aug. 2020 The Fool responds: A company’s float is the number of its shares that are available for the public to trade. Dallas News, "Motley Fool: The Southern Co. offers an energetic dividend," 30 Aug. 2020 The diamond industry’s engine room is dominated by small and private family-run businesses that cut, polish and trade the stones. Thomas Biesheuvel, Bloomberg.com, "Cheaper Diamonds Fire Life Into the Hidden World of Gem Trading," 29 Aug. 2020 However, the prevailing consensus is the Jaguars will eventually trade Ngakoue and the Seahawks have been listed as one possible destination. oregonlive, "Seattle Seahawks a potential destination for disgruntled Yannick Ngakoue of the Jacksonville Jaguars?," 21 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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

11 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Trade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trade. Accessed 18 Sep. 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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