- trade unionism,
- trade unionist,
- trade up,
- trade wind,
- trade winds,
- traded option
Origin of trade-in
verb (used with object), trad·ed, trad·ing.
verb (used without object), trad·ed, trad·ing.
Origin of trade
Word Origin for trade
- a used article given in part payment for the purchase of a new article
- a transaction involving such part payment
- the valuation put on the article traded in
- (as modifier)a trade-in dealer
verb trade in
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.
Give or sell an old or used item and apply the value or proceeds to a new item. For example, Some people prefer to trade in their old car to the dealer, but we feel we'll do better by simply selling it. [First half of 1900s]
In addition to the idioms beginning with trade
- trade down
- trade in
- trade off
- trade on
- trade up
- tricks of the trade