- IPA: /tɹeɪd/
- (uncountable) Buying and selling of goods and services on a market.
- Synonyms: commerce
- (countable) A particular instance of buying or selling.
- I did no trades with them once the rumors started.
- Synonyms: deal, barter
- (countable) An instance of bartering items in exchange for one another.
- (countable) Those who perform a particular kind of skilled work.
- The skilled trades were the first to organize modern labor unions.
- Synonyms: business
- (countable) Those engaged in an industry or group of related industries.
- It is not a retail showroom. It is only for the trade.
- (countable) The skilled practice of a practical occupation.
- He learned his trade as an apprentice.
- Synonyms: craft
- (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.
- (uncountable, UK) The business given to a commercial establishment by its customers.
- Even before noon there was considerable trade.
- Synonyms: patronage
- (mostly, in the plural) Steady winds blowing from east to west above and below the equator.
- They rode the trades going west.
- (only as plural) A publication intended for participants in an industry or related group of industries.
- Rumors about layoffs are all over the trades.
- (uncountable, LGBT, slang) A brief sexual encounter.
- Josh picked up some trade last night.
- (obsolete, uncountable) Instruments of any occupation.
- (mining) Refuse or rubbish from a mine.
- (obsolete) A track or trail; a way; a path; passage.
- (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.
- French: commerce
- German: Handel, Kommerz
- Italian: commercio
- Portuguese: comércio
- Russian: торго́вля
- Spanish: comercio, gremio
- German: Passat, Passatwind
- Russian: пасса́т
- French: presse spécialisée
trade (trades, present participle trading; past and past participle traded)
- (ambitransitive) To engage in trade
- This company trades (in) precious metal.
- Synonyms: deal
- (finance, intransitive, copulative) To be traded at a certain price or under certain conditions.
- (transitive) To give (something) in exchange for.
- Will you trade your precious watch for my earring?
- Synonyms: exchange, swap, switch
- (gardening, transitive or intransitive) To give someone a plant and receive a different one in return.
- (ambitransitive) To do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood.
- Synonyms: do business
- (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