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traffic

noun

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(Entry 1 of 2)

the buying and selling of goods especially on a large scale and between different places
  • they contributed money to an environmental group that works to end the traffic of endangered animals

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traffic

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of traffic (Entry 2 of 2)

to carry on the business of buying and selling goods or other property
  • arrested him for trafficking in drugs

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Frequently Asked Questions About traffic

How is the word traffic distinct from other similar nouns?

Some common synonyms of traffic are business, commerce, industry, and trade. While all these words mean "activity concerned with the supplying and distribution of commodities," traffic applies to the operation and functioning of public carriers of goods and persons.

Where would business be a reasonable alternative to traffic?

While the synonyms business and traffic are close in meaning, 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.

How are the words commerce and trade related as synonyms of traffic?

Both commerce and trade imply the exchange and transportation of commodities.

When would industry be a good substitute for traffic?

The words industry and traffic are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, industry applies to the producing of commodities, especially by manufacturing or processing, usually on a large scale.

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The first known use of traffic was in 1511

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“Traffic.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/traffic. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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