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[ treyd-in ]


  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.



    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


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

Origin of trade-in1

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

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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Example Sentences

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.


Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.




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