1. goods given in whole or, usually, part payment of a purchase: We used our old car as a trade-in for the new one.
  2. a business transaction involving a trade-in.
  1. of or relating to the valuation of goods used in a trade-in: trade-in price.
  2. 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for trade-in


    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
  1. (tr, adverb) to give (a used article) as part payment for the purchase of a new article
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