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.
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.
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How to use trade-in in a sentence
That's nearly $45 more than the current trade-in value for a 16GB model.
trade-in programs typically also pledge to wipe your device of data.
A nearly 2-year-old 16GB iPhone 4S currently fetches as much as $230 in some trade-in programs (see chart below).
The appeal of the trade-in is clear once you look at the numbers.
Many trade-in programs also value phones differently by carrier and even color.
British Dictionary definitions for trade-in
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
(tr, adverb) to give (a used article) as part payment for the purchase of a new article
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Other Idioms and Phrases with 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]
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