the act or process of buying, selling, or exchanging commodities, at either wholesale or retail, within a country or between countries:
domestic trade; foreign trade.
a purchase or sale; business deal or transaction.
an exchange of items, usually without payment of money.
any occupation pursued as a business or livelihood.
some line of skilled manual or mechanical work; craft:
the trade of a carpenter; printer's trade.
people engaged in a particular line of business:
a lecture of interest only to the trade.
an increase in the tourist trade.
a field of business activity:
a magazine for the furniture trade.
the customers of a business establishment.
trade down, to exchange a more valuable or desirable item for a less valuable or desirable one.
to give (a used article) as payment to be credited toward a purchase:
We trade in our car every three years.
trade off, to exchange something for or with another.
to turn to one's advantage, especially selfishly or unfairly; exploit:
to trade on the weaknesses of others.
trade up, to exchange a less valuable or desirable item for a more valuable or desirable one.
1300–50; 1540–50 for def 4; Middle English:
course, path, track < Middle Low German, Middle Dutch
(Old Saxon trada
), cognate with Old High German trata;
akin to tread
tradable, tradeable, adjectivetradeless, adjectiveintertrade, noun, verb, intertraded, intertrading.nontrade, nounnontrading, adjectiveprotrade, adjectiveretrade, verb, retraded, retrading, nounundertrade, verb, undertraded, undertrading.untradable, adjectiveuntradeable, adjectiveuntraded, adjectiveuntrading, adjective
business, barter, dealing. T rade
refer to the exchanging of commodities for other commodities or money. T rade
is the general word: a brisk trade between the nations.
applies to trade on a large scale and over an extensive area: international commerce.
may refer to a particular kind of trade; but it usually suggests the travel, transportation, and activity associated with or incident to trade: the opium traffic; heavy traffic on the railroads. 3.
vocation, métier, employment, living, craft. See occupation
refer to exchange or transfer of ownership for some kind of material consideration. T rade
conveys the general idea, but often means to exchange articles of more or less even value: to trade with Argentina.
suggests a somewhat extended period of coming to terms: to bargain about the price of a horse.
applies especially to exchanging goods, wares, labor, etc., with no transfer of money for the transaction: to barter wheat for machinery.
implies transferring ownership, usually for a sum of money: to sell a car.