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

Foreign trade is traditionally a mainstay of the German economy, although domestic demand has played an increasing role in recent years. Washington Post, "German exports a bit lower in June, add to economic clouds," 10 Aug. 2019 One of the first rooms visitors encounter displays antiques and artifacts of the funeral and mortuary trades. Los Angeles Times, "At the Museum of Death, every day is like a Charles Manson anniversary," 10 Aug. 2019 Beal has called on the USDA to include the crop in its Market Facilitation Program, which is slated to provide billions of dollars to growers negatively affected by foreign trade retaliation. Patrick Whittle, BostonGlobe.com, "Trade retaliation program unlikely to help Maine wild blueberries," 10 Aug. 2019 Brexit is a form of xenophobia masked behind dislike at European trade regulations few voters know much about. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "The world wonders what's happened to America," 10 Aug. 2019 And although Johnson’s replacement, Dontrell Hilliard, had an up and down game on Thursday night complete with some nice catches but a fumble on the goal-line, Kitchens still believes the trade was prudent. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland.com, "Freddie Kitchens says Duke Johnson wasn’t dogging it with the pulled hamstring," 9 Aug. 2019 Gardner works as a cook at his family's Jamaican restaurant, Rono's, on West McNichols, and wants to take part in the trade program offered by the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "More than 10K Detroiters register for FCA expansion jobs," 9 Aug. 2019 Leslie Roberts, 30, is exactly the type of young person the auto technician trade needs. Andrew Boryga, sun-sentinel.com, "The car mechanic trade is dying. Who will fix our high-tech cars?," 9 Aug. 2019 Vedvik was the talk of Ravens camp last summer as his powerful leg made him a potential trade chip for a team already blessed with the league’s best kicker in Justin Tucker. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Five Things We Learned from the Ravens’ 29-0 preseason victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars," 9 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

No, that came when the A’s traded Henderson to the Toronto Blue Jays in 1993. Los Angeles Times, "MLB 1994 strike: Innocence lost for a young girl who loved the game," 11 Aug. 2019 Callaway’s suspension came a day after the Browns traded Duke Johnson to the Texans for a fourth-round pick that can improve to a third. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland.com, "Freddie Kitchens: Antonio Callaway ‘is a great kid’ but Browns won’t ‘put up with’ indiscretions," 9 Aug. 2019 This offseason, the Warriors traded Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies; the rebuilding Grizzlies may buy out his contract, sending Iguodala on the move again (perhaps to the Los Angeles Lakers, who can benefit from Iguodala’s championship pedigree). Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, "Why TIME's 2019 Tech Optimists Are Upbeat About Silicon Valley's Future," 7 Aug. 2019 In related news, the Spurs have not yet missed the playoffs despite the retirements to Duncan (2016) and Ginobili (2018) and trades to Parker (2018) and Leonard (2018). Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Warriors’ Steve Kerr on emulating Spurs’ success: ‘It may be a pipe dream’," 7 Aug. 2019 The Saskatchewan Roughriders traded former Alabama wide receiver Christion Jones to the Edmonton Eskimos on Monday, the Canadian Football League teams announced. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Former Alabama wide receiver changes teams in CFL trade," 5 Aug. 2019 When Bill Belichick surprisingly traded Collins to the Browns before the deadline in 2016, that information void may have helped some of the criticisms levied against the linebacker back then stick. Nora Princiotti, BostonGlobe.com, "Jamie Collins opening up more this time around with Patriots," 3 Aug. 2019 Zack Greinke's last start at Chase Field was clouded by trade speculation, which burst into a reality Wednesday, when the Arizona Diamondbacks traded the right hander to the Houston Astros. Drake Hills, azcentral, "Zack Greinke's best moments as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks," 1 Aug. 2019 Less than two hours earlier, the Marlins traded Zac Gallen to the Arizona Diamondacks for shortstop prospect Jazz Chisolm. Wells Dusenbury, sun-sentinel.com, "Marlins trade Nick Anderson, Trevor Richards to Rays for Ryne Stanek, OF prospect Jesus Sanchez," 31 July 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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trade

noun

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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