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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

      shed tears, typically as an expression of distress, pain, or sorrow:

      shout or scream, typically to express fear, pain, or grief:

    • noun

      a loud inarticulate shout or scream expressing a powerful feeling or emotion:

      a loud excited utterance of a word or words:

    • noun

      a small temporary tent or structure at a market, fair, or exhibition, used for selling goods, providing information, or staging shows.

      a small room where a vendor sits separated from customers by a window:

    • noun

      a system of selling goods or services in which each salesperson recruits further salespeople, resulting in a hierarchy in which each member receives compensation for the sales made by those below them.
    • noun

      a retailer selling goods via electronic transactions on the Internet.
    • noun

      a person who travels around selling goods, typically advertising them by shouting:
    • verb

      shed tears, typically as an expression of distress, pain, or sorrow:

      shout or scream, typically to express fear, pain, or grief:

    • noun

      a loud inarticulate shout or scream expressing a powerful feeling or emotion:

      a loud excited utterance of a word or words:

    • 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):

    • noun

      a small temporary tent or structure at a market, fair, or exhibition, used for selling goods, providing information, or staging shows.

      a small room where a vendor sits separated from customers by a window:

    • noun

      a retailer selling goods via electronic transactions on the Internet.
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