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barter

[bahr-ter] /ˈbɑr tər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to trade by exchange of commodities rather than by the use of money.
verb (used with object)
2.
to exchange in trade, as one commodity for another; trade.
3.
to bargain away unwisely or dishonorably (usually followed by away):
bartering away his pride for material gain.
noun
4.
the act or practice of bartering.
5.
items or an item for bartering:
We arrived with new barter for the villagers.
Origin
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English, apparently < Anglo-French, Old French bareter, barater (see barrator), with shift of sense
Related forms
barterer, noun
outbarter, verb (used with object)
unbartered, adjective
unbartering, adjective
Synonyms
1, 2. traffic. See trade.
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British Dictionary definitions for barter away

barter

/ˈbɑːtə/
verb
1.
to trade (goods, services, etc) in exchange for other goods, services, etc, rather than for money the refugees bartered for food
2.
(intransitive) to haggle over the terms of such an exchange; bargain
noun
3.
trade by the exchange of goods
Derived Forms
barterer, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French barater to cheat; perhaps related to Greek prattein to do
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Word Origin and History for barter away

barter

v.

mid-15c., apparently from Old French barater "to barter, cheat, deceive, haggle" (also, "to have sexual intercourse"), 12c., of uncertain origin, perhaps from a Celtic language (cf. Irish brath "treachery"). Connection between "trading" and "cheating" exists in several languages. Related: Bartered; bartering. The noun is first recorded 1590s, from the verb.

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barter away in Culture

barter definition


The exchange of goods or services for other goods or services, rather than for money.

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