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  1. trade
    IPA[trād]
  2. noun

    • 1. the action of buying and selling goods and services:

      a move to ban all trade in ivory a significant increase in foreign trade the meat trade
      Synonym : commerce, buying and selling, dealing, traffic, trafficking, business, marketing, merchandising, bargaining, dealings, transactions, negotiations, proceedings
    • 2. the practice of making one's living in business, as opposed to in a profession or from unearned income:

      the aristocratic classes were contemptuous of those in trade
    • 3. (in sports) a transfer; an exchange:

      players can demand a trade after five years of service
    • 4. a skilled job, typically one requiring manual skills and special training:

      the fundamentals of the construction trade a carpenter by trade
      Synonym : craft, occupation, job, day job, career, profession, business, pursuit, living, livelihood, line, line of work, line of business, vocation, calling, walk of life, province, field, work, employment, métier
    • 5. the people engaged in a particular area of business:

      in the trade this sort of computer is called “a client-based system.”
      Synonym : commerce, buying and selling, dealing, traffic, trafficking, business, marketing, merchandising, bargaining, dealings, transactions, negotiations, proceedings
    • 6. people licensed to sell alcoholic drink.

    • 7. a person in gay male sexual encounters who is not penetrated sexually and usually considers himself to be heterosexual.

    • 8. a trade wind:

      the north-east trades

    verb

    • 1. buy and sell goods and services:

      middlemen trading in luxury goods
      Synonym : deal, traffic, buy and sell, market, peddle, merchandise, barter, hawk, tout, flog, run, do business, deal, run, operate
    • 2. buy or sell (a particular item or product):

      she has traded millions of dollars' worth of metals
    • 3. (especially of shares or currency) be bought and sold at a specified price:

      the dollar was trading where it was in January
    • 4. exchange (something) for something else, typically as a commercial transaction:

      they trade mud-shark livers for fish oil the hostages were traded for arms
    • 5. give and receive (something, typically insults or blows):

      they traded a few punches
    • 6. transfer (a player) to another club or team:

      would his behavior cause them to trade him?
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: trade, plural noun: trades

    • v.: verb: trade, 3rd person present: trades, gerund or present participle: trading, past tense: traded, past participle: traded

    • verb

      repeat or copy out (a group of words from a text or speech), typically with an indication that one is not the original author or speaker:

      repeat a passage from (a work or author) or statement by (someone):

    • noun

      a quotation from a text or speech:

      a quotation giving the estimated cost for a particular job or service:

    • noun

      a group of words taken from a text or speech and repeated by someone other than the original author or speaker:

      a short musical passage or visual image taken from one piece of music or work of art and used in another:

    • on a long journey or series of journeys, especially as part of one's job as a sales representative or a performer

      (of a person) without a permanent home and moving from place to place

    • willing to sell something or do a job for a reasonable price
    • noun

      a tool with a heavy metal head mounted at right angles at the end of a handle, used for jobs such as breaking things and driving in nails.

      a machine with a metal block for giving a heavy blow to something.

    • verb

      hit or beat (something) repeatedly with a hammer or similar object:

      strike or knock at or on something violently with one's hand or with a hammer or other object:

    • noun

      the action of buying and selling goods and services:

      the practice of making one's living in business, as opposed to in a profession or from unearned income:

    • verb

      buy and sell goods and services:

      buy or sell (a particular item or product):

    • verb

      repeat or copy out (words from a text or speech written or spoken by another person):

      repeat a statement by (someone):

    • noun

      a quotation from a text or speech:

      a quotation giving the estimated cost for a particular job or service:

    • noun

      a group of words taken from a text or speech and repeated by someone other than the original author or speaker:

      a short musical passage or visual image taken from one piece of music or work of art and used in another:

    • on a long journey or series of journeys, especially as part of one's job as a sales representative or a performer

      (of a person) without a permanent home and moving from place to place

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