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traffic

[ traf-ik ]
/ ˈtræf ɪk /
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noun

verb (used without object), traf·ficked, traf·fick·ing.

to carry on traffic, trade, or commercial dealings.
to trade or deal in a specific commodity or service, often of an illegal nature (usually followed by in): to traffic in opium.

verb (used with object), traf·ficked, traf·fick·ing.

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Origin of traffic

First recorded in 1495–1505; earlier traffyk, from Middle French trafique (noun), trafiquer; (verb) from Italian traffico (noun), trafficare (verb), of disputed origin

synonym study for traffic

4. See trade.

OTHER WORDS FROM traffic

traf·fick·er, nountraf·fic·less, adjectivein·ter·traf·fic, noun, verb, in·ter·traf·ficked, in·ter·traf·fick·ing.un·traf·ficked, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for traffic

traffic
/ (ˈtræfɪk) /

noun

verb -fics, -ficking or -ficked (intr)

(often foll by in) to carry on trade or business, esp of an illicit kind
(usually foll by with) to have dealings

Derived forms of traffic

trafficker, nountrafficless, adjective

Word Origin for traffic

C16: from Old French trafique, from Old Italian traffico, from trafficare to engage in trade
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