trade
Pronunciation Noun

trade

  1. (uncountable) Buying and selling of goods and services on a market.
    Synonyms: commerce
  2. (countable) A particular instance of buying or selling.
    I did no trades with them once the rumors started.
    Synonyms: deal, barter
  3. (countable) An instance of bartering items in exchange for one another.
  4. (countable) Those who perform a particular kind of skilled work.
    The skilled trades were the first to organize modern labor unions.
    Synonyms: business
  5. (countable) Those engaged in an industry or group of related industries.
    It is not a retail showroom. It is only for the trade.
  6. (countable) The skilled practice of a practical occupation.
    He learned his trade as an apprentice.
    Synonyms: craft
  7. (countable or uncountable) An occupation in the secondary sector, as opposed to an agricultural, professional or military one.
    After failing his entrance exams, he decided to go into a trade.
    Most veterans went into trade when the war ended.
  8. (uncountable, UK) The business given to a commercial establishment by its customers.
    Even before noon there was considerable trade.
    Synonyms: patronage
  9. (mostly, in the plural) Steady winds blowing from east to west above and below the equator.
    They rode the trades going west.
  10. (only as plural) A publication intended for participants in an industry or related group of industries.
    Rumors about layoffs are all over the trades.
  11. (uncountable, LGBT, slang) A brief sexual encounter.
    Josh picked up some trade last night.
  12. (obsolete, uncountable) Instruments of any occupation.
  13. (mining) Refuse or rubbish from a mine.
  14. (obsolete) A track or trail; a way; a path; passage.
  15. (obsolete) Course; custom; practice; occupation.
    • c. 1603–1604, William Shakespeare, “Measvre for Measure”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene i]:
      Thy sin's not accidental but a trade.
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  • German: Passat, Passatwind
  • Russian: пасса́т
Translations Verb

trade (trades, present participle trading; past and past participle traded)

  1. (ambitransitive) To engage in trade
    This company trades (in) precious metal.
    Synonyms: deal
  2. (finance, intransitive, copulative) To be traded at a certain price or under certain conditions.
    Apple is trading at $200.
    ExxonMobil trades on the NYSE.
    The stock is trading rich relative to its sector.
  3. (transitive) To give (something) in exchange for.
    Will you trade your precious watch for my earring?
    Synonyms: exchange, swap, switch
  4. (gardening, transitive or intransitive) To give someone a plant and receive a different one in return.
  5. (ambitransitive) To do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood.
    Synonyms: do business
  6. (intransitive) To have dealings; to be concerned or associated (with).
    • c. 1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Macbeth”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene v]:
      Saucy and over bold, how did you dare / To trade and traffic with Macbeth
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