to trade by exchange of commodities rather than by the use of money.
to exchange in trade, as one commodity for another; trade.
to bargain away unwisely or dishonorably (usually followed by away): bartering away his pride for material gain.
the act or practice of bartering.
items or an item for bartering: We arrived with new barter for the villagers.
- bar·ter·er, noun
- outbarter, verb (used with object)
- un·bar·tered, adjective
- un·bar·ter·ing, adjective
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How to use barter in a sentence
Growth of the independentsAfter Icon, which only recently became independent, Active International and Evergreen Trading are the largest barter shops not owned by a holding company.
Rather than junking it, the marketer approaches the barter agency, which takes that inventory off the retailer’s hands and resells it elsewhere.
A Dentsu rep wasn’t able to determine if that holding company still owns a barter shop.
Evergreen, meanwhile, was started in 2008 by Gordon Zellner, who cobbled together a host of veterans from the other barter firms.
Trade and barter of zines, recordings, fan fiction, art and photographs were also common ways for “circles” of fans to bond.Newsletters may threaten the mainstream media, but they also build communities | Sarah Ovink | July 8, 2021 | Washington Post
An unnamed Iranian official told the news service that the barter would include Russian weapons.Russia’s Ace in the Hole: a Super-Missile It Can Sell to Iran | Eli Lake | April 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It could also gather intelligence to be traded in that shadowy barter economy of espionage.
So there has been some real loss of "truck barter and exchange" that is simply lost, not delayed.
But this is really cumbersome, which is why there's no such thing as an all-barter economy.
In the right institutional setting, the human propensity to "truck, barter, and exchange" can enhance the welfare of all.
A factor is employed to sell goods, and not to barter or exchange them, and if he should do this his principal could recover them.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
On that occasion her excellent business judgment and her powers of barter had attracted him strongly.Scattergood Baines | Clarence Budington Kelland
barter was common, and there must have been facilities for the distribution of those goods which had their origin in Gaul.The Towns of Roman Britain | James Oliver Bevan
He caught my child up like a common street wench, a thing of sale and barter.The Dragon Painter | Mary McNeil Fenollosa
It was doubtless precisely because she distained certain forms of feminine barter that she got so much for nothing.Hilda | Sarah Jeanette Duncan
British Dictionary definitions for barter
to trade (goods, services, etc) in exchange for other goods, services, etc, rather than for money: the refugees bartered for food
(intr) to haggle over the terms of such an exchange; bargain
trade by the exchange of goods
- barterer, noun
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Cultural definitions for barter
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