trade1 [ treıd ] noun ***
1. ) uncount the activities of buying and selling goods or services:
The two leaders signed agreements on trade and cultural links.
trade in: Global trade in manufactured goods has increased dramatically.
trade with: Spain wants to develop its trade with the Philippines.
a ) singular the amount of goods and services that a business buys and sells:
a roaring trade (=a very good trade): Butchers are doing a roaring trade in spiced sausages these days.
b ) count the activity of buying and selling STOCKS
c ) only before noun relating to the activities of buying and selling:
a trade accord/agreement/dispute
2. ) count the exchange of one thing for another, usually of the same value
a ) AMERICAN the exchange of a sports player from one team for one player from another team:
an NFL trade
3. ) count a particular area of business or industry:
the book/drug/jewelry trade
a ) singular or uncount the people or companies who work in a particular business or industry:
We are wholesale dealers and we only sell to the trade.
b ) count a job or type of work that someone is trained to do:
He learned his trade in the 1960s.
trade 2 [ treıd ] verb ***
1. ) intransitive to buy or sell goods or services:
trade in: Stan trades in fossils from many countries.
trade with: We need to trade with Eastern Europe more.
a ) intransitive to operate as a business:
The two businesses will continue to trade under their original name.
b ) intransitive or transitive to buy or sell STOCKS:
Lucent stock was heavily traded today.
2. ) transitive to exchange something you have for something else:
Tony traded his computer for a bike.
a ) AMERICAN to exchange a sports player from one team for a player from another team:
He was traded to Kansas City in 1993.
trade blows/insults
if people trade blows or insults, they hit or insult each other
trade places
to move into someone else's place or position:
I wouldn't want to trade places with anyone in politics.
,trade `down phrasal verb intransitive or transitive
to sell something in order to buy something of the same kind that is less expensive
,trade `in phrasal verb transitive
to give something old as part of the payment for something new:
She traded in her old Ford for a new Honda.
,trade `off phrasal verb transitive
1. ) to accept a disadvantage so that you can have a benefit:
They traded off a positive rate of inflation for a lower unemployment rate.
2. ) AMERICAN INFORMAL to share a responsibility or piece of work between two or more people, each doing some of the work in turn
`trade on phrasal verb transitive
trade on something to get an advantage by making use of something:
They are trading on their reputation.
,trade `up phrasal verb intransitive or transitive
to sell something in order to buy something of the same kind that is more expensive:
We want to trade up our apartment for a house.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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