Nearby words

  1. tractrices,
  2. tractrix,
  3. tracy,
  4. tracy, spencer,
  5. trad,
  6. trade acceptance,
  7. trade agreement,
  8. trade association,
  9. trade balance,
  10. trade barrier

Origin of trade

1300–50; 1540–50 for def 6; Middle English: course, path, track < Middle Low German, Middle Dutch (Old Saxon trada), cognate with Old High German trata; akin to tread

Related forms

Synonym study

1. 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. 6. See occupation. 14. 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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British Dictionary definitions for trade

trade

noun

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

verb

(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

adjective

intended for or available only to people in industry or businesstrade prices

Derived Formstradable or tradeable, adjectivetradeless, adjective

Word Origin for trade

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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Word Origin and History for trade
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Culture definitions for trade

trade

Business or commerce; economic activity.

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Idioms and Phrases with trade

trade

In addition to the idioms beginning with trade

  • trade down
  • trade in
  • trade off
  • trade on
  • trade up

also see:

  • tricks of the trade
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