trade meaning

[ treid ] Pronunciation:   "trade" in a sentence
Noun: trade  treyd
  1. The commercial exchange (buying and selling on domestic or international markets) of goods and services
    "Venice was an important centre of trade with the East"; "they are accused of conspiring to constrain trade" 
  2. The skilled practice of a practical occupation
    "he learned his trade as an apprentice"
    - craft 
  3. The business given to a commercial establishment by its customers
    - patronage 
  4. A particular instance of buying or selling
    "I had no further trade with him"
    - deal, business deal 
  5. People who perform a particular kind of skilled work
    "as they say in the trade"
    - craft 
  6. Steady winds blowing from east to west above and below the equator
    "they rode the trade winds going west"
    - trade wind 
  7. An equal exchange
    - barter, swap, swop
Verb: trade  treyd
  1. Engage in the trade of
    - merchandise, merchandize 
  2. Turn in as payment or part payment for a purchase
    "trade in an old car for a new one"
    - 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
    - swap, swop, switch 
  5. Do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood
    - deal, sell

Derived forms: traded, trades, trading

See also: trader, trading

Type of: business, change, class, commerce, commercialism, dealing, dealings, exchange, interchange, job, line, line of work, mercantilism, occupation, prevailing wind, sell, social class, socio-economic class, stratum, transact, transaction

Encyclopedia: Trade, Development and Cooperation Agreement Trade Trade, Tennessee Trade, TN

[British slang]
Noun. 1. A sexual partner or collective term for such. [Gay use]
2. A prostitutes term for their sexual partners as business.


A person's occupation or craft, usually involving manual skill.


In building construction, the classifications of work, such as masonry, carpentry, plastering, etc.

noun, verb



1 [U]

the activity of buying and selling or of exchanging goods or services between people or countries:

Trade between the two countries has increased.

global trade in electronic equipment

The US was accused of unfair trade practices.

2 [C]

a particular type of business:

It has been a bad year for the retail trade.

the building/tourist trade

3 the trade [sing. with sing./pl. verb]

a particular area of business and the people or companies that are connected with it:

In the trade, this sort of computer is called a 'client-based system'.

a trade magazine/journal

4 [U]

the amount of goods or services that you sell:

Trade was very good last month.

Domestic companies are losing trade to foreign importers.

5 [U,C]

a job, especially one that involves working with your hands and that requires special training and skills:

He's a designer by trade.

to learn a trade

6 (Stock Exchange ) [U,C; usually pl.]

buying and selling on a stock exchange; one act of doing this:

The share price fell 30% in early afternoon trade.

a 20% reduction in daily trades on the stock exchange




These words are combined with other nouns to describe particular areas of commercial activity, but they tend to be used in different contexts.

Business is often used when talking about the activities of particular individuals or companies:

I always knew I wanted to work in the restaurant business.The company has returned to what it knows best: the car business.

Industry is common when talking about the economy:

The country is trying to rebuild its oil industry..

Trade is combined with only a small number of nouns. It is used especially about traditional types of business, for example:

the art/book tradethe retail trade

(= running a shop/store, supermarket, etc.). It is also the word used when describing illegal forms of business:

the illegal diamonds/drugs trade

See note at BUSINESS


1 [no obj]

to buy and sell things:

companies that trade in agricultural products

The euro has made it easier for European countries to trade with each other.

2 [no obj]

to exist and operate as a business or company:

The firm has now ceased trading.

Rodine Limited now trades as Harvest Software.

3 (Stock Exchange ) [+ obj or no obj]

to be bought and sold, or to buy and sell sth, on the stock exchange:

Shares were trading at half their usual value.

4 [+ obj]

to exchange sth that you have for sth that sb else has:

He earns a lot of money but I wouldn't trade places with him.


trade at sth (AmE)

to buy goods or shop at a particular store

trade down

to spend less money on things than you did before:

The survey showed that consumers are unwilling to trade down to cheaper cosmetics when times are hard.

trade sth in (for sth)

to give sth you have used as part of the payment for sth new:

People can trade in their old PCs for the latest model.

trade sth off

to balance two things or situations that are opposed to each other:

You sometimes need to trade price off against quality.


trade up


to sell sth in order to buy sth more expensive:

Many drivers are trading up to a four-wheel drive.


to give sth you have used as part of the payment for sth more expensive

1) The activity of selling goods or services in order to make a profit. Profits from trade are taxed under income tax or corporation tax on income, rather than under capital gains tax or corporation tax on capital gains. The concept of trade is difficult to define for taxation purposes


badges of trade.

2) To buy or sell in a market.

An oral (or electronic) transaction involving one party buying a security from another party. Once a trade is consummated, it is considered "done" or final. Settlement occurs 1-5 business days later.


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  1. yes, he has engaged in international trade.
  2. the export trade subjects to many risks.
  3. and she's carrying on her trade here.
  4. the scheme reposes on a revival of trade.
  5. international trade reflects this evolution.

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