trade-in

[ treyd-in ]
/ ˈtreɪdˌɪn /

noun

goods given in whole or, usually, part payment of a purchase: We used our old car as a trade-in for the new one.
a business transaction involving a trade-in.

adjective

of or relating to the valuation of goods used in a trade-in: trade-in price.
of or relating to such a business transaction: trade-in terms.

Origin of trade-in

First recorded in 1920–25; noun, adj. use of verb phrase trade in

Definition for trade in (2 of 2)

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 in (1 of 2)

trade

/ (treɪd) /

noun


verb

adjective

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

Derived Forms

tradable 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

British Dictionary definitions for trade in (2 of 2)

trade-in

noun

  1. a used article given in part payment for the purchase of a new article
  2. a transaction involving such part payment
  3. the valuation put on the article traded in
  4. (as modifier)a trade-in dealer

verb trade in

(tr, adverb) to give (a used article) as part payment for the purchase of a new article
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Culture definitions for trade in

trade

Business or commerce; economic activity.


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Idioms and Phrases with trade in (1 of 2)

trade in

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]


Idioms and Phrases with trade in (2 of 2)

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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