[ traf-ik ]
/ ˈtræf ɪk /
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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
4. See trade.
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

/ (ˈtræfɪk) /


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