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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

    • 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

      the action of engaging in trade:
    • noun

      the action or activity of buying and selling goods and services:
    • noun

      a name that has the status of a trademark.

      a name by which something is known in a particular trade or profession.

    • noun

      a multilateral system of trading in which a country pays for its imports from one country by its exports to another.

      used to refer to the trade in the 18th and 19th centuries that involved shipping goods from Britain to West Africa to be exchanged for slaves, these slaves being shipped to the West Indies and exchanged for sugar, rum, and other commodities which were in turn shipped back to Britain.

    • noun

      a balance achieved between two desirable but incompatible features; a compromise:
    • noun

      a wind blowing steadily towards the equator from the northeast in the northern hemisphere or the southeast in the southern hemisphere, especially at sea. Two belts of trade winds encircle the earth, blowing from the tropical high-pressure belts to the low-pressure zone at the equator.
    • change places
    • noun

      another term for trade deficit
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