trade

trade [trād]
n.
[ME, a track, course of action < MLowG, a track < OS trada, a trace, trail, akin to ME trede, TREAD]
1. Obs.
a) a track; path
b) a course; regular procedure
2.
a) a means of earning one's living; occupation, work, or line of business
b) an occupation requiring skill in any of certain kinds of work done with the hands, as distinguished from unskilled work or from a profession or business; craft
c) all the persons or companies in a particular line of business or work
3. the buying and selling of commodities or the bartering of goods; commerce
4. dealings or the market involving specified commodities, customers, seasons, etc. [the tourist trade, the Easter trade]
5. customers; clientele
6. a purchase or sale; deal; bargain
7. an exchange; swap
8. [pl.] the trade winds: see TRADE WIND
adj.
1. of or relating to trade or commerce
2. of, by, or for those in a particular business or industry [trade papers or journals]
3. of the members in the trades, or crafts [trade unions]
vi.
traded, trading
1. to carry on a trade or business
2. to have business dealings (with someone)
3. to make an exchange (with someone)
4. Informal to be a customer ( at a specified store or shop)
vt.
1. to exchange; barter; swap
2. to buy and sell (stocks, etc.)
SYN.- BUSINESS, SELL
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trade down
to trade something for something of lower value
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☆ trade in
to give (one's used automobile, etc.) as part of the purchase price of a new one
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trade on or trade upon
to take advantage of; exploit
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trade up
to trade something for something of higher value
tradable
adj.
tradeable

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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