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[ treyd ]


  1. 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.

    Synonyms: dealing, barter, business

  2. the act of buying, selling, or exchanging stocks, bonds, or currency:

    Stock brokerages typically charge a commission per trade.

  3. a purchase or sale; business deal or transaction.
  4. an exchange of items, usually without payment of money.

    Synonyms: swap

  5. Sports. the transfer of a player or players among professional teams:

    a midseason trade.

  6. any occupation pursued as a business or livelihood.

    Synonyms: craft, living, employment, métier, vocation

  7. some line of skilled manual or mechanical work; craft:

    the trade of a carpenter; printer's trade.

  8. people engaged in a particular line of business:

    a lecture of interest only to the trade.

  9. market:

    an increase in the tourist trade.

  10. a field of business activity:

    a magazine for the furniture trade.

  11. the customers of a business establishment.
  12. Informal. trade paper.

verb (used with object)

, trad·ed, trad·ing.
  1. to buy and sell; barter; traffic in.
  2. to exchange:

    to trade seats.

  3. Sports. to transfer (a player under contract) from one team to another:

    The manager traded two defensive players at the end of the season.

verb (used without object)

, trad·ed, trad·ing.
  1. to carry on trade.
  2. to be bought, sold, or exchanged:

    Stocks traded lower after the release of the jobs report.

  3. to traffic (usually followed by in ):

    a tyrant who trades in human lives.

  4. to make an exchange.
  5. to make one's purchases; shop; buy.


  1. of or relating to trade or commerce.
  2. used by, serving, or intended for a particular trade:

    trade journal.

  3. Also trades. of, composed of, or serving the members of a trade:

    a trade club.

verb phrase

  1. to turn to one's advantage, especially selfishly or unfairly; exploit:

    to trade on the weaknesses of others.

  2. to exchange a less valuable or desirable item for a more valuable or desirable one.
  3. to exchange something for or with another.
  4. to give (a used article) as payment to be credited toward a purchase:

    We trade in our car every three years.

  5. to exchange a more valuable or desirable item for a less valuable or desirable one.


/ treɪd /


  1. 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) markets mercantile
  2. a personal occupation, esp a craft requiring skill
  3. the people and practices of an industry, craft, or business
  4. exchange of one thing for something else
  5. the regular clientele of a firm or industry
  6. amount of custom or commercial dealings; business
  7. a specified market or business

    the tailoring trade

  8. an occupation in commerce, as opposed to a profession
  9. commercial customers, as opposed to the general public

    trade only

    trade advertising

  10. slang:homosexual.
    a sexual partner or sexual partners collectively
  11. archaic.
    a custom or habit


  1. tr to buy and sell (commercial merchandise)
  2. to exchange (one thing) for another
  3. intr to engage in trade
  4. intr to deal or do business (with)

    we trade with them regularly


  1. intended for or available only to people in industry or business

    trade prices


  1. Business or commerce; economic activity.

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Derived Forms

  • ˈtradable, adjective
  • ˈtradeless, adjective

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Other Words From

  • trada·ble tradea·ble adjective
  • tradeless adjective
  • inter·trade noun verb intertraded intertrading
  • non·trade noun
  • non·trading adjective
  • pro·trade adjective
  • re·trade verb retraded retrading noun
  • under·trade verb undertraded undertrading
  • un·trada·ble adjective
  • un·tradea·ble adjective
  • un·traded adjective
  • un·trading adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of trade1

First recorded in 1300–50; 1540–50 trade fordef 6; Middle English: “course, path, track,” from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch ( Old Saxon trada ), cognate with Old High German trata; akin to tread

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Word History and Origins

Origin of trade1

C14 (in the sense: track, hence, a regular business): related to Old Saxon trada , Old High German trata track; see tread

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Idioms and Phrases

  • tricks of the trade

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Synonym Study

Trade , commerce , traffic refer to the exchanging of commodities for other commodities or money. Trade is the general word: a brisk trade between the nations. Commerce applies to trade on a large scale and over an extensive area: international commerce. Traffic may refer to a particular kind of trade; but it usually suggests the travel, transportation, and activity associated with or incident to trade: the opium traffic; heavy traffic on the railroads. See occupation. Trade , bargain , barter , sell refer to exchange or transfer of ownership for some kind of material consideration. Trade conveys the general idea, but often means to exchange articles of more or less even value: to trade with Argentina. Bargain suggests a somewhat extended period of coming to terms: to bargain about the price of a horse. Barter applies especially to exchanging goods, wares, labor, etc., with no transfer of money for the transaction: to barter wheat for machinery. Sell implies transferring ownership, usually for a sum of money: to sell a car.

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Example Sentences

The world’s largest virtual currency by market capitalisation—bitcoin—is the most traded cryptocurrency in India.

From Quartz

The team didn’t do much of anything to address any of these flaws at last month’s trade deadline, under the theory that the existing talent on hand would turn it around eventually.

Home chefs are trading intel on who makes the best adobo and why Old Bay is good for more than just crab boils.

From Eater

In fact, they alienated Rodgers by trading up to draft another quarterback in the first round instead of bringing on receiving help for him.

Lehner, who was acquired by Vegas from Chicago ahead of the NHL’s trade deadline in February, has earned the majority of his team’s starts throughout the postseason.

Its graceful hotels and beautiful restaurants are totally dependent on the tourist trade.

Dance instructors run a lucrative trade offering private lessons to couples before their wedding receptions, typically the tango.

Rebels in Africa trade in children to fund their conflicts and obtain child soldiers.

The Canterbury Tales was, Strohm writes, “one of the volumes around which the new trade would organize itself.”

There was really only one good reason to maintain the embargo: Trade with Cuba strengthens the Castros.

The result of the restoration of trade, banking, and credit to earlier and more normal conditions has been steadily apparent.

The doctrine of international free trade, albeit the most conspicuous of its applications, was but one case under the general law.

But they have tied their credit system in the bonds of narrow banking laws and their trade in those of a cramping tariff.

So far we have not made great progress in securing Europe's Latin-American trade.

Soon after its cultivation began in France, Spain, and Portugal, the tobacco trade was farmed out.


Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.




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