Meaning of trade
Pronunciation: (trād), [key]
— n., v., adj. trad•ed, trad•ing,
- the act or process of buying, selling, or exchanging commodities, at either wholesale or retail, within a country or between countries: domestic trade; foreign trade.
- a purchase or sale; business deal or transaction.
- an exchange of items, usually without payment of money.
- any occupation pursued as a business or livelihood.
- some line of skilled manual or mechanical work; craft: the trade of a carpenter; printer's trade.
- people engaged in a particular line of business: a lecture of interest only to the trade.
- market: an increase in the tourist trade.
- a field of business activity: a magazine for the furniture trade.
- the customers of a business establishment.
- See trade paper.
- See trade wind (def. 1).
- to buy and sell; barter; traffic in.
- to exchange: to trade seats.
- to carry on trade.
- to traffic (usually fol. by in): a tyrant who trades in human lives.
- to make an exchange.
- to make one's purchases; shop; buy.
- to exchange a more valuable or desirable item for a less valuable or desirable one.
- to give (a used article) as payment to be credited toward a purchase: We trade in our car every three years.
- to exchange something for or with another.
- to turn to one's advantage, esp. selfishly or unfairly; exploit: to trade on the weaknesses of others.
- to exchange a less valuable or desirable item for a more valuable or desirable one.
- of or pertaining to trade or commerce.
- used by, serving, or intended for a particular trade: trade journal.
- of, composed of, or serving the members of a trade: a trade club.
- trade (Thesaurus)