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Definition of 'trade'


  1. the commercial exchange (buying and selling on domestic or international markets) of goods and services; "Venice was an important center of trade with the East"; "they are accused of conspiring to constrain trade"
  2. people who perform a particular kind of skilled work; "he represented the craft of brewers"; "as they say in the trade"
       Synonyms: craft
  3. an equal exchange; "we had no money so we had to live by barter"
       Synonyms: barter swap swop
  4. the skilled practice of a practical occupation; "he learned his trade as an apprentice"
       Synonyms: craft
  5. a particular instance of buying or selling; "it was a package deal"; "I had no further trade with him"; "he's a master of the business deal"
       Synonyms: deal business deal
  6. the business given to a commercial establishment by its customers; "even before noon there was a considerable patronage"
       Synonyms: patronage
  7. steady winds blowing from east to west above and below the equator; "they rode the trade winds going west"
       Synonyms: trade wind


  1. engage in the trade of; "he is merchandising telephone sets"
       Synonyms: merchandise
  2. turn in as payment or part payment for a purchase; "trade in an old car for a new one"
       Synonyms: trade in
  3. be traded at a certain price or under certain conditions; "The stock traded around $20 a share"
  4. exchange or give (something) in exchange for
       Synonyms: swap swop switch
  5. do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood; "She deals in gold"; "The brothers sell shoes"
       Synonyms: deal sell

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