- the act or process of buying, selling, or exchanging commodities, at either wholesale or retail, within a country or between countries: domestic trade; foreign trade.
- the act of buying, selling, or exchanging stocks, bonds, or currency: Stock brokerages typically charge a commission per trade.
- a purchase or sale; business deal or transaction.
- an exchange of items, usually without payment of money.
- Sports. the transfer of a player or players among professional teams: a midseason trade.
- any occupation pursued as a business or livelihood.
- some line of skilled manual or mechanical work; craft: the trade of a carpenter; printer's trade.
- people engaged in a particular line of business: a lecture of interest only to the trade.
- market: an increase in the tourist trade.
- a field of business activity: a magazine for the furniture trade.
- the customers of a business establishment.
- Informal. trade paper.
- trades. trade wind(def 1).
- to buy and sell; barter; traffic in.
- to exchange: to trade seats.
- Sports. to transfer (a player under contract) from one team to another: The manager traded two defensive players at the end of the season.
- to carry on trade.
- to be bought, sold, or exchanged: Stocks traded lower after the release of the jobs report.
- to traffic (usually followed by in): a tyrant who trades in human lives.
- to make an exchange.
- to make one's purchases; shop; buy.
- of or relating to trade or commerce.
- used by, serving, or intended for a particular trade: trade journal.
- Also trades. of, composed of, or serving the members of a trade: a trade club.
- trade down, to exchange a more valuable or desirable item for a less valuable or desirable one.
- trade in, to give (a used article) as payment to be credited toward a purchase: We trade in our car every three years.
- trade off, to exchange something for or with another.
- trade on/upon, to turn to one's advantage, especially selfishly or unfairly; exploit: to trade on the weaknesses of others.
- trade up, to exchange a less valuable or desirable item for a more valuable or desirable one.
Origin of trade
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Examples from the Web for trading
In Tuesday trading alone, it plunged by more than 20 percent against the U.S. dollar.Putin Can’t Bully or Bomb a Recession
December 16, 2014
On its first day of trading, Alibaba shares were up 38 percent, yielding a market capitalization of $213 billion.Alibaba’s Dark Side: Censoring Customers
November 18, 2014
After three years in London, he moved to the Structured Equity Finance Trading branch in Hong Kong.Hong Kong’s High-Flying British Psycho Killer Suspect
Nico Hines, Tom Sykes
November 3, 2014
Outside of trading commodities, it also no longer serves as a major global financial center.Battle of the Upstarts: Houston vs. San Francisco Bay
October 5, 2014
I loved the love story in Trading Places between Dan Aykroyd and Jamie Lee Curtis.Inside the Mind of The Mindy Project’s Resident Weirdo, Ike Barinholtz
September 16, 2014
When he did deliver a letter to them, it was usually a trading letter for Uncle William.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
Nachvak is the most God-forsaken place for a trading post that I have ever seen.The Long Labrador Trail
He had grown rich with his trading and stood in need of nothing.White Fang
There was no trading at all, for the sufficient reason that no shares were to be had.The Rise of Roscoe Paine
Joseph C. Lincoln
But his trading was not carried on without comment and questioning.The Twins of Suffering Creek
- the act or an instance of buying and selling goods and services either on the domestic (wholesale and retail) markets or on the international (import, export, and entrepôt) marketsRelated adjective: mercantile
- a personal occupation, esp a craft requiring skill
- the people and practices of an industry, craft, or business
- exchange of one thing for something else
- the regular clientele of a firm or industry
- amount of custom or commercial dealings; business
- a specified market or businessthe tailoring trade
- an occupation in commerce, as opposed to a profession
- commercial customers, as opposed to the general publictrade only; trade advertising
- homosexual slang a sexual partner or sexual partners collectively
- archaic a custom or habit
- (tr) to buy and sell (commercial merchandise)
- to exchange (one thing) for another
- (intr) to engage in trade
- (intr) to deal or do business (with)we trade with them regularly
- intended for or available only to people in industry or businesstrade prices
Word Origin and History for trading
late 14c., "path, track, course of action," introduced by the Hanse merchants, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German trade "track, course" (probably originally of a trading ship), cognate with Old English tredan (see tread). Sense of "one's habitual business" (1540s) developed from the notion of "way, course, manner of life" (mid-15c.); sense of "buying and selling" is first recorded 1550s. Trade wind (1640s) has nothing to do with commerce, but preserves the obsolete sense of "in a habitual or regular course." Trade union is attested from 1831.
1540s, "to tread a path," from trade (n.). Meaning "to occupy oneself (in something)" is recorded from c.1600. The U.S. sports team sense of "to exchange one player for another" is attested from 1899. Related: Traded; trading. To trade down is attested from 1942. Trade-in in reference to used cars is recorded from 1917. Trading post is recorded from 1796.
Business or commerce; economic activity.