barter

verb
bar·​ter | \ ˈbär-tər How to pronounce barter (audio) \
bartered; bartering; barters

Definition of barter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to trade by exchanging one commodity for another : to trade goods or services in exchange for other goods or services farmers bartering for supplies with their crops bartered with the store's owner

transitive verb

: to trade or exchange by or as if by bartering bartering work for food

barter

noun

Definition of barter (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or practice of trading goods or services for other goods or services : the act or practice of carrying on trade by bartering
2 : goods or services that are traded for other goods or services : the thing given in exchange in bartering

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Other Words from barter

Verb

barterer \ ˈbär-​tər-​ər How to pronounce barter (audio) \ noun

Examples of barter in a Sentence

Noun The tribes use a system of barter. The explorers used blankets and other supplies for barter to get food from the native people.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In a filing as recently as August 30, Rosengart accused Jamie of attempting to extort or barter his removal as her conservator for $2 million in payments. Claudia Rosenbaum, Vulture, 10 Sep. 2021 Britney Spears’s lawyer has filed court papers accusing the singer’s father of attempting to extort or barter his removal as her conservator for $2 million in payments. Claudia Rosenbaum, Vulture, 1 Sep. 2021 Barker had a vision of a community where women could barter their knowledge to help each other grow their respective businesses. Cheryl Robinson, Forbes, 29 June 2021 For example, a woman needing financial advice might barter her know-how with a woman in need of legal assistance. Cheryl Robinson, Forbes, 29 June 2021 The question is whether the tuition-free headline was designed to forestall a deeper examination of the decision to barter away the school name. Los Angeles Times, 17 July 2021 Indigenous tribes from up and down the Eastern Seaboard and further inland came seasonally to barter goods and exchange cultures, before being driven from their lands and massacred. Jerry Saltz, Vulture, 10 June 2021 Vendors carry, barter, and sell firearms: no ID needed. Laken Brooks, Forbes, 31 May 2021 Young Frederick pilfered bread from his slave master to barter for lessons from poor white children. New York Times, 7 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some scholars argue that money began as a way to facilitate barter between merchants and customers. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Aug. 2021 While the art of the barter is a must, shopkeepers are gentle and inviting—a unique trait of Omani hospitality. Irene S. Levine, Forbes, 16 May 2021 However, bitcoin can be used to purchase goods and services, and the accounting treatment relies on the barter system approach to track economic gains and losses. Dave Sackett, Forbes, 13 May 2021 Interestingly, cash was not the only way to pay -- barter was also employed. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, 13 May 2021 As for the decibel clamor — that was the barter deal for a bigger, better L.A. Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2021 Slack and Discord communities sprung up to allow people to trade recipes, barter furniture and other household items, and find the highest turnip price every week. Swapna Krishna, Wired, 24 Mar. 2021 Being successful at business has hinged on mutuality since our ancestors started to exchange and barter goods and services for things of reciprocal value. Nadine Hack, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2021 One client, Swiss mining and commodities giant Glencore, came under fire in 2012 for doing business via barter with Iran, supplying thousands of tons of alumina to a company with ties to Tehran’s nuclear program. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, 15 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of barter

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for barter

Verb

Middle English bartren, from Anglo-French *bareter to do business, exchange, alteration of Old French barater — more at barratry

Noun

Middle English, noun derivative of bartren "to barter entry 1"

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

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16 Oct 2021

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“Barter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barter. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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barter

verb

English Language Learners Definition of barter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to exchange things (such as products or services) for other things instead of for money

barter

noun

English Language Learners Definition of barter (Entry 2 of 2)

: a system in which goods or services are exchanged for other goods or services instead of for money
: goods or services that are exchanged for other goods or services

barter

verb
bar·​ter | \ ˈbär-tər How to pronounce barter (audio) \
bartered; bartering

Kids Definition of barter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to trade by exchanging one thing for another without the use of money

Other Words from barter

barterer \ ˈbär-​tər-​ər \ noun

barter

noun

Kids Definition of barter (Entry 2 of 2)

: the trade of one thing for another without the use of money

barter

intransitive verb
bar·​ter | \ ˈbär-tər How to pronounce barter (audio) \

Legal Definition of barter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to trade by exchanging one commodity or service for another

transitive verb

: to trade or exchange by or as if by bartering — compare sell

barter

noun

Legal Definition of barter (Entry 2 of 2)

: the art or practice of carrying on trade or exchange by or as if by bartering : exchange of one commodity or service for another — compare sale

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