Definition of trade in English:

trade

noun

  • 1mass noun The action of buying and selling goods and services.

    ‘a move to ban all trade in ivory’
    ‘a significant increase in foreign trade’
    • ‘The creation of a complex global economy has had effects way beyond the international trade in goods and services.’
    • ‘Free exchange of trade in goods and services, and trying to energize a more market oriented set of arrangements in countries.’
    • ‘Urbanisation accelerated, and with it Africa's international trade in manufactures and services.’
    • ‘The local involvement in the timber trade was restricted to manual labour and shifting timber sleepers after they were cut.’
    • ‘The other top priority agenda in Hong Kong is the general agreement on trade in services and non-agricultural market access.’
    • ‘The retail liquor trade in New York state in those days was burdened by antiquated laws and corrupt officialdom.’
    • ‘The explosion of global trade in the postwar era is usually attributed to the lowering of tariffs and other trade barriers.’
    • ‘The industry, services and trade in the city should have the gumption to gang up against the political parties.’
    • ‘Today there is growing trade in services and intellectual property.’
    • ‘This foreign exchange speculation now outstrips global trade in goods and services.’
    • ‘Global trade seems to require something a little more intricate.’
    • ‘New Zealand does $1 billion of trade in goods and services with our Pacific neighbours.’
    • ‘These include trade in services, intellectual property, e-commerce, investment and labour standards.’
    • ‘UK deficit on trade in goods and services in January stood at £4.6 billion’
    • ‘The programme was set up in July 1999 to promote international trade in Europe.’
    • ‘There must somehow be a basis for international trade in goods and services.’
    • ‘She recently attended a conference on international trade in Germany.’
    • ‘The daily trade in currency exchange alone is more than 50 times the value of world trade in goods and services.’
    commerce, buying and selling, dealing, traffic, trafficking, business, marketing, merchandising, bargaining
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    1. 1.1derogatory, dated 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’
    2. 1.2North American count noun (in sport) a transfer.
      ‘players can demand a trade after five years of service’
      • ‘They're reviewing rules with brokers who sell their funds and with transfer agencies that process trades.’
      • ‘He told local reporters that he would never demand a trade no matter how ugly his contract negotiations become.’
      • ‘With such a recent history of poor trades and draft picks, some changes needed to be made.’
      • ‘There's contracts not worth the paper they're written on as players everywhere seemingly can demand trades whenever or however they want.’
      • ‘By contract, he can demand a trade to any team, minus six he excludes, within 10 days of the World Series.’
      • ‘Few players on the roster have minor league options, so one solution might be a two-for-one trade to open a roster spot.’
      • ‘An aggressive streak with free agency and trades has offset some so-so draft picks and mistakes with the defense.’
      • ‘Because of trades and minor league promotions, all three outfield spots and two middle infield positions are up for grabs.’
      • ‘Sportswriters love midseason trades because they're fun to write about.’
      • ‘It's clear his uncertain status limits what Philadelphia can demand in a trade.’
      • ‘He was at the helm for less than two years and only had one off-season to make trades and sign free agents.’
      • ‘He could make a trade demand while inhaling, then take it back while exhaling.’
      • ‘The big fella no longer is demanding a trade, which wasn't feasible anyway, or to be waived, which was unlikely.’
      • ‘I wasn't concerned so much with who they got in return or whether they ‘won’ a trade.’
      • ‘But injuries and trades are expected in sports.’
      • ‘What other executive has turned so many mediocre/bad teams into solid playoff teams through his trades?’
      • ‘Also, the franchise was saddled with bad draft picks and even worse trades in its infancy and still hasn't recovered.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, NFL fans have come to expect trades featuring faceless draft picks.’
      • ‘This trade is conditional to all four players passing their physicals.’
      • ‘Despite the aid of a late-round trade and two compensatory picks, they left with eight unfilled.’
  • 2A job requiring manual skills and special training.

    ‘the fundamentals of the construction trade’
    mass noun ‘he's a carpenter by trade’
    • ‘Traditional skills and trades will be displayed such as paper making, corn dolly craft, basket making and spinning.’
    • ‘Depending on their skills in other trades, we can find right jobs for them.’
    • ‘When so few people have been encouraged to learn trades, the special skills involved in them become esoteric.’
    • ‘Local and regional organisations have come together to establish a web-based catalogue of rural trades and skills.’
    • ‘I was looking for people with specific trades and technical skills, but alongside me were my colleagues who were going to recruit people like Gurkhas.’
    • ‘Four years actual work experience and training including the equivalent of apprenticeship or vocational training in the trade.’
    • ‘Home inspection is a trade that requires special training, knowledge, and skills.’
    • ‘Some could also receive training in trades or office skills.’
    • ‘And it also keeps alive ancient trades, skills and crafts by channelling them into making products for the western consumer.’
    • ‘The designers went to great lengths to seek out artists with skills in trades that have almost died out: glass-blowers, blacksmiths and woodcarvers.’
    • ‘Note also that the scrivener recorded the trade for the male applicant but not for the two female.’
    • ‘It is training firefighters in the skills of the trade and the tools to have and then training them in the methodology of how you deal with a particular problem.’
    • ‘An impending skills shortage in the trades means jobs are opening up to women.’
    • ‘It begins at school leaving age in manual trades and post higher education for professionals.’
    • ‘They can also acquire skills in trades such as leatherworking, fishing, jewel crafting, and many more, that help them on their quests.’
    • ‘Workshop practices and detailed technical information is available in guides and manuals to the trade.’
    • ‘The centre, not yet named, will provide vocational training in creative industries and manual trades.’
    • ‘For the 37-year-old former hairdresser, it's the culmination of three years of hard work learning the skills of the trade.’
    • ‘The development of new trades requires protection.’
    • ‘Over the past year, Scott has undergone work-based training in the plumbing trade while studying at college for one day a week.’
    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
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    1. 2.1the tradetreated as singular or plural The people engaged in a particular area of business.
      ‘in the trade this sort of computer is called ‘a client-based system’’
      • ‘With a worried look on your face, they give you the bits they sell to the trade rather than the DIY-ers; better quality, and much cheaper.’
      • ‘There is a new hard-headedness to the trade today.’
      • ‘As befits the trade, antique dealers are gabby and knowledgeable and prone to bemoaning that things aren't what they used to be.’
      • ‘It was his policy to ask no questions in his dealings with the trade.’
      • ‘These individuals are the lynchpin of the trade, the middlemen and act as the link between breeder and pet shops.’
      • ‘Soon the business began to offer wholesale framing to the trade.’
      • ‘The aim should be to build an honest relationship with 10 journalists across the trade and national press.’
      • ‘Such cakes are sometimes called ‘high ratio cakes’ in the trade.’
      • ‘Before the season begins those in the trade identify jackfruit trees in the area that give good quality fruit.’
      • ‘That paragraph requires the loan in question to have been used wholly for the purposes of the trade carried out by the recipient of the loan, in this case the company.’
      • ‘This phrase suggests that in the Government's view lower dose levels and fewer supplements would be better for public health but unfortunate for the trade.’
      • ‘Pet owners will have to register their wildlife and agree never to sell them back into the trade.’
      • ‘The company sells mainly to the trade, but is now hoping to add more retail sales to the mix.’
      • ‘For the information of those of you not in the trade, that ‘under prolonged questioning by journalists’ speaks volumes.’
      • ‘As they are selling to the trade, the minimum order is £50 but the fungi will keep for a couple of years and the small jars would make the greatest presents.’
      • ‘We will not be attempting to target the trade, so we're not going to be selling things like cement mixers.’
      • ‘He comes into the trade at a buoyant time, with brisk business reported locally in the market.’
      • ‘Gauthier's Chevrolet Sunfire carried a recording device - known in the trade as a EDR, or event data recorder.’
      • ‘These were the small fry of the trade, the hawkers, who often reappeared with new stock mere hours after a confrontation.’
      • ‘Illicit dealers targeted the trade as demand for poultry meat increased year on year.’
      commerce, buying and selling, dealing, traffic, trafficking, business, marketing, merchandising, bargaining
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    2. 2.2British People licensed to sell alcoholic drink.
      • ‘Most of those who engaged in the trade shared this view.’
      • ‘I do not believe that stopping the debate or cancelling the very hard work that has been done so far by both officers and representatives of the trade would be of help in any way.’
      • ‘The good news is that if you want to pursue a career in the licensed trade there are industry recognised forms of career development.’
      • ‘The truth is that nobody - the Government, the police, the licensed trade - can be sure what will happen when the new law takes effect.’
      • ‘This bars entry to the trade with licences being sold for up to €150,000, he said.’
      • ‘It is important to remember that the marketer's goals and the trade's goals are not necessarily the same.’
      • ‘The licensed trade are self-righteous, self-obsessed and selfish in their opposition to a ban.’
      • ‘Lovely man, but I don't think he's got a future in the licensed trade.’
      • ‘Publicans say the licensed trade is dying in Bradford as people are reluctant to re-open businesses which were damaged during the riots.’
      • ‘Traders reported significant new contacts, both from within the trade and from among visiting enthusiasts.’
      • ‘Well, the experts in the trade tell us that your favourite soft drink tastes best when it's chilled right down to four degrees Celsius.’
      • ‘I think that for the next two years or so we could see a similar thing happening, and that would be a real problem for the licensed trade.’
      • ‘But many in the licensed trade are unhappy about the latest attempt to curb binge drinking.’
      • ‘Countless other women in the licensed trade will be watching the case with great interest.’
      • ‘David has lived in pubs all his life and is the third generation of his family to have gone into the trade.’
      • ‘They argued that times are hard for the trade as there is little business in Pendle and especially Nelson with few thriving pubs and clubs.’
      • ‘He knows a thing or two about York's licensed trade.’
      • ‘A vintner found selling corrupt wine was forced to drink it, then banned from the trade.’
      • ‘The licensed trade is in his blood; his father ran a pub in Sowerby Bridge.’
      • ‘He told campaigners that he would speak to representatives in the licensed trade to see if he could find a buyer for the pub.’
  • 3usually tradesA trade wind.

    ‘the north-east trades’
    • ‘Typically, the trades bring warm moist air towards the Indonesian region.’

verb

  • 1no object Buy and sell goods and services.

    ‘middlemen trading in luxury goods’
    • ‘Producers and merchants trading in pine honey risk confiscation of their goods if they put it on the market with this trade mark.’
    • ‘Shareholders approved motions at an extraordinary general meeting to cease trading in the company's shares on the London stock exchange on February 14.’
    • ‘Under these plans, London was to become a centre for trading in blue-chip stocks and Frankfurt a hub for high-tech growth stocks.’
    • ‘Such patients might be trading in the stock market, and might be the type to jump out of the window, if share prices were to plummet sharply.’
    • ‘Dozens of utilities have suffered huge losses from trading in the wholesale market.’
    • ‘But trading in new stocks is typically purely speculative.’
    • ‘The ban means all auction marts have ceased trading in livestock.’
    • ‘Unfortunately some of the holidays may not be available in the future and if the company ceases trading in the meantime, then consumers could lose considerable sums of money.’
    • ‘Their other big supplier started trading in computer chips in February 2002.’
    • ‘One road sells cane-ware, another has scrap merchants trading in steel and iron, wholesale merchants who deal in old cloth.’
    • ‘However, as Jon's pointed out, the trading of goods and services is different to trading in events.’
    • ‘However, developers are much more cautious and trading in office sites is almost at a standstill.’
    • ‘This includes trading in two equity funds listed on the Irish Stock Exchange.’
    • ‘Anhui Province was called ‘Huizhou’ in ancient times, renowned for its rich merchants trading in salt, tea, wood and pawnbroking.’
    • ‘But the problem arose when individuals, allegedly importing for their own use, started trading in imported vehicles.’
    • ‘Eventually, the stock exchange suspended trading in the stock.’
    • ‘He said it is a huge disappointment this company has now ceased trading in the circumstances reported.’
    • ‘While trading in stock options was increasing, both the volume and variety of other types of derivatives were growing explosively.’
    deal, traffic
    do business, deal, run, operate
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    1. 1.1with object Buy or sell (a particular item or product)
      ‘she has traded millions of dollars' worth of metals’
      • ‘People and carts ran throughout the dusty dirt streets and animals being traded or sold to butchers or other farmers crowded the path.’
      • ‘Consumers ‘will have plenty of choices for legally sold and legally traded furniture.’’
      • ‘Instead of trading a commodity, what is traded is the right or the obligation to buy or sell a commodity at a future point.’
      • ‘Vets are the only ones who are allowed to sell it, trade it, and so on.’
      • ‘The second most valuable traded commodity, after oil, industrial coffee thrives on economic and environmental exploitation.’
      • ‘These lists of vulnerable computers are often traded or sold over the Internet and help virus writers plant their viruses quickly.’
      • ‘Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world after oil.’
      • ‘The group estimates that about $8 billion in pirated American-published books were sold or traded last year.’
      • ‘So call your credit card company and ask them to mark your account ‘Do not sell or trade my name to another company.’’
      • ‘The expense issue would be less of a problem if there was a mandatory requirement (or a tax penalty if not fulfilled) for shops to sell fairly trading goods.’
      • ‘The most commonly traded commodity was ‘dumps’ of credit card data.’
      • ‘He said housing should not be treated in the same way as non-essential traded commodities for speculation, or investment.’
      • ‘It was here that the humans sold and traded their slaves.’
      • ‘When you savour your morning coffee, you're sipping on the second most traded commodity after oil.’
      • ‘There are people from all over the world buying, selling, and trading collectibles and antiques on eBay.’
      • ‘I have followed and traded the commodities markets since 1975.’
      • ‘There will be swap meets and dealer booths for those looking to sell or trade items, or expand their collections.’
      • ‘Then they would conquer these countries, take their glass products back, and trade them with the next country in line.’
      • ‘People were running about, buying, selling, and trading their goods.’
      • ‘He started his career trading commodities, working till 2am to catch the latest crop reports from Brazil.’
    2. 1.2 (especially of shares or currency) be bought and sold at a specified price.
      ‘the dollar was trading where it was in January’
      • ‘People must not be allowed to trade on price sensitive confidential information, where others are, on the other side of those share trades, are inevitably disadvantaged.’
      • ‘Shares are currently trading at $10.80 and there is a healthy turnover rate.’
      • ‘The preference shares have traded at a 29 per cent premium to the ordinary shares.’
      • ‘The shares are currently trading at over $48 and analysts have a share price target of over $70 on the stock.’
      • ‘By April 1981, there were a large number of newspaper stocks publicly traded on U.S. stock exchanges.’
      • ‘So even though the shares are trading at a fifth of their peak last September they still look a bit too rich for me.’
      • ‘Often, the resulting price will be less than the net asset value, meaning that the shares trade at a discount.’
      • ‘A company will agree with its investment bank to create an option to stabilise the share price before the shares begin trading publicly.’
      • ‘The dollar's attempted strong upward thrust was for now largely rebuffed in volatile currency trading.’
      • ‘He said he would continue to build up his stake in the company but it would depend on the price at which the shares were trading.’
      • ‘Across the board - both here and in Britain - property company shares are trading at substantial discounts to their net asset values.’
      • ‘This values the company, whose shares trade at 247p, at 16 times prospective profits.’
      • ‘The currency then traded freely for the first time in a decade and has since lost around 70% of its value.’
      • ‘Shares are currently trading at $0.68, so this is an excellent time to get into the market.’
      • ‘Buying incubator shares at inflated prices, whose underlying assets where just other dotcom shares trading at inflated prices, was never going to work.’
      • ‘Certainly, there are some good reasons why most property companies' shares should trade at a modest discount to their net asset value.’
      • ‘The shares were then trading at 50 cent.’
      • ‘The shares are currently trading around the 52-week high of 138 pence they hit on April 7.’
      • ‘Another alternative is to buy shares in a property company whose share price is trading at a discount to its net asset value.’
      • ‘However, with the shares currently trading just off an all-time high, we would look for price weakness to build a position.’
  • 2with object Exchange (something) for something else, typically as a commercial transaction.

    ‘they trade mud-shark livers for fish oil’
    • ‘She sent her children to live in a crackhouse where drugs were traded for guns.’
    • ‘Copper, horses, and cloth were also traded for gold, malagueta pepper, carved ivory, and ebony.’
    • ‘The Chinese traded silk in exchange for pet dogs along the Great Wall of China.’
    • ‘Jobs and positions were typically traded for political support.’
    • ‘There were hundreds, if not thousands, of megalitres being traded for one slab of beer.’
    • ‘Indeed, a queen's cloak, red linen, and entire sets of garb were traded for land.’
    • ‘Sexual exploitation is also widespread in humanitarian crises, where sex is often traded for food rations, safe passage and for access to basic goods.’
    • ‘Money is also traded for material goods, but if you think about it, those goods also represent work.’
    • ‘His father was in jail and his mother, evicted from her home and apparently involved with drugs, left him with a relative at a home where stolen weapons were traded for drugs.’
    • ‘Money made trade enormously more fluid by replacing barter (trading one good for another) with a single unit of exchange that could be traded for any good.’
    • ‘Prisoners may trade antituberculosis drugs, to be saved for later use or to be traded for goods or services or to pay off debts.’
    • ‘A large number of furs were traded for an even larger number of European trade goods.’
    • ‘Let's begin pondering briefly a primitive barter economy where goods are traded for goods.’
    • ‘Now practically abandoned, salt was once traded for gold, ivory and slaves from deepest Africa.’
    • ‘Small crafts made by some of the women and older men were traded for as well.’
    • ‘It is both a needed reminder and a adept demonstration that watching courtship treated as a noble game is still quite rewarding even in times where romance is traded for expediency.’
    • ‘There is also an interesting scene in which a girl is traded for a mule, and no one feels particularly slighted!’
    • ‘The cod was traded for slaves who were brought to Jamaica and in turn sold for tobacco, salt and sugar.’
    swap, exchange, switch, barter, substitute, replace
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    1. 2.1 Give and receive (something, typically insults or blows)
      ‘they traded a few punches’
      • ‘Reputations have been attacked, insults traded, legal action threatened.’
      • ‘The crack of willow on leather was replaced by the thud of fists on jaws as drunken spectators traded blows when players came off the pitch.’
      • ‘Trained up for the purpose and in pairs sworn to die together, only members of the leading classes would do battle, after trading insults and accompanied by musical instruments playing.’
      • ‘When two men become involved in a brawl and start trading blows and punches and kicks and so forth, how does the law of provocation relate to that circumstance?’
      • ‘Visitors to the interactive exhibition can perform in front of the tough panel with the judges delivering their verdicts, more often than not trading insults among themselves.’
      • ‘I'm quite interested in political debate, but there's a difference between debate and trading insults.’
      • ‘They spent the next little while trading creative insults, the result being that Ellen was reduced to giggling and chuckling constantly.’
      • ‘The man I met and traded insults with on that summer afternoon has been depicted as rude, abrasive, hostile and unpredictable by many writers and would-be experts over the years.’
      • ‘Rival groups jostled for space and traded insults, but there were no arrests.’
      • ‘The pair had been expected to trade insults and vitriol at their post-match press conference following an acrimonious second session on Friday.’
      • ‘The two pugilists traded blows early on, and seemed fairly evenly matched.’
      • ‘So far at least, he has escaped the disdain which eventually greets any great champion who keeps trading punches well past his prime.’
      • ‘Both players traded blows in the middle of the field behind the back of the referee but in full view of both linesmen.’
      • ‘They would charge at each other, trade a few useless blows, and then back out of range of the other's strike.’
      • ‘As soon as the scrum broke up it was all in, punches traded, insults thrown and another lecture from the referee.’
      • ‘Strong language has been used, insults have been traded, attacks have been personalised and bitterness is made visible.’
      • ‘We fought without mercy as well as trading insults.’
      • ‘In brief instances when they collided, one could see them attacking with outrageously fast kicks and punches, either trading blows are blocking blows.’
      • ‘I watched in amazement as the two combatants traded blows and then there was a flash of lightening that dazzled my eyes.’
      • ‘They traded blows, insults, and annoyed mutters for several long minutes.’
    2. 2.2North American Transfer (a player) to another team.
      ‘would his behaviour cause them to trade him?’
      • ‘If they're serious about improving, the Vikings will trade one of those players for defensive help.’
      • ‘When players are traded, sometimes they take shots at their former team.’
      • ‘The gut-wrenching thing about the Red Sox is they traded their most beloved player and then the team took off and started winning.’
      • ‘He should have been happy to be traded to a contending team after his agent messed up.’
      • ‘As you can see, there are a variety of harrowing issues that take place off the ice when a player is traded from one team to another and must travel from one city to another.’
      • ‘Before a regularly scheduled game has a player ever been traded from the home team to the visiting team or vice versa?’
      • ‘Second of all, he wasn't the type of leader you'd expect from a player a team traded its entire draft for.’
      • ‘Team officials are remaining quiet about the possibility of trading the most prominent player the franchise has had since moving west.’
      • ‘Luckily, the team does not need to trade players to lose payroll, just let some go.’
      • ‘He knows that rarely - if ever - can a team trade a franchise player and improve.’
      • ‘On the flip side, in many leagues you also can pick up players who are traded to your league.’
      • ‘He's in the final year of his contract, and the team attempted to trade him before he was injured last June.’
      • ‘Teams are cautious about trading a player who could come back to haunt them.’
      • ‘The team wants to trade the franchise player and rid itself of his $10.5 rail lion salary cap burden.’
      • ‘Starting August 1, players can be traded only if they clear waivers.’
      • ‘Baseball fans who oppose the current system hate it when teams have to hold fire sales or trade away players who are soon to be free agents.’
      • ‘On the other hand, as team president, he has to consider trading those loyal players if it means strengthening his roster.’
      • ‘A player might be traded, which could be disruptive, but he still will have the same job at the same pay - just somewhere else.’
      • ‘The team was willing to trade one first-round selection, but not both.’
      • ‘He remains adamant that he won't restructure his contract to make it easier for the team to trade him.’

Phrases

  • trade places

    • Change places.

      ‘I would be glad to trade places with George and have his job’
      • ‘Later I traded places with my colleague in the dugout.’
      • ‘And they both thought the other had the cushiest deal in the world, so we traded places with them.’
      • ‘When my husband and I traded places and he assumed the majority of childcare responsibilities while I went to work full time, there were, predictably, adjustments to be made.’
      • ‘Hilda knew the attack would be coming and in a blinding split second, both had traded places, seemingly without moving.’
      • ‘No matter what you think of being the only, oldest, middle or youngest, you can't trade places.’
      • ‘Without trading places with her, one can only imagine the courage and confidence it took.’
      • ‘The larger theme is how Democrats and Republicans have traded places when it comes to pragmatism.’
      • ‘I'll never forget that one of my friends in elementary school said that if he could trade places with one person, he'd trade places with me because of my parents and home life.’
      • ‘Do you think she wants to trade places with anyone?’
      • ‘If you could trade places with anyone for a day, who would it be?’

Phrasal Verbs

  • trade down (or up)

    • Sell something in order to buy something similar but less (or more) expensive.

      ‘homeowners who want to trade up’
      • ‘At just $1 more than the most expensive manual brushes, they figured many consumers would trade up.’
      • ‘There has been a definite trend towards premium branding, with consumers trading up to upmarket foods.’
      • ‘The recent rise in house prices has also been fueled to some degree by existing homeowners trading up to bigger and more expensive homes.’
      • ‘Some homeowners have even traded down from more expensive abodes to less pricey dwellings.’
      • ‘People who are trading up will also probably have a decent deposit and a track record in managing a mortgage.’
      • ‘This is fine for people who want to sell up and trade down in the market, but is frustrating for home owners who want to move up the housing ladder.’
      • ‘Fancy selling your home and trading up to a larger, plusher pad in the near future?’
      • ‘First-time buyers were drawn by the two and three-bedroom townhouses while many of the larger three-beds were sold to couples trading up.’
      • ‘But given the limited living space in many modern houses and apartments, as well as the expense of extending or trading up, it is becoming a more practical option for many home owners.’
      • ‘However, older users have not been left out - they are also being encouraged to trade up to more expensive phones too!’
  • trade something in

    • Exchange a used article in part payment for another.

      ‘she traded in her Ford for a Land Rover’
      • ‘It'd better stay that way, too, because if one should turn up in my stocking I shall trade it in for a waistcoat when we get to London, see if I don't.’
      • ‘This upsurge brought more used cars on to the market as older cars were traded in.’
      • ‘Some sites run currency exchanges where players can take their platinum pieces and trade them in for real dollars or the game currency of another virtual world.’
      • ‘With this in mind, the vehicle values are not realistic because James would not be able to get $23,000 from selling them or trading them in.’
      • ‘In many cases, however, they pay for themselves by increasing the value of the machine when it comes time to trade it in or sell it.’
      • ‘When it comes to trading in greenbacks for hardbacks, large bookstore chains win the gold.’
      • ‘We could trade it in for a sum not dissimilar for trading your car in or we can keep that and send it out.’
      • ‘Is it still okay to complain about how hard it is to find a reliable mechanic for your Jag, or should we all be trading them in for used Saturns?’
      • ‘The British know about these and probably have a deal with them to keep these weapons until they can be traded in for cash in exchange for information.’
      • ‘But the sting in the tail is that you will have to find a final payment of £3,750, or trade your car in for a new one.’
  • trade something off

    • Exchange something of value, especially as part of a compromise.

      ‘the government traded off economic advantages for political gains’
      • ‘But there is no way of ranking these many goods or trading them off against one another, so there is not always, all things considered, a best thing to do.’
      • ‘They come and they take the pins that I get because I'm smart enough to get more than one of each country so I can trade them off.’
      • ‘I traded it off for a 4 inch gun and I wish I had it back.’
      • ‘Who would disagree that understanding risks in order to trade them off against potential benefits is a prerequisite for citizens or patients who need to make health decisions?’
      • ‘Once I grew my eyebrows back and my sight and hearing started to return, I promptly traded it off for a beat-up 1918 production Government model.’
      • ‘Traumatised employees and relatively small financial losses are traded off against the greater expense of added security and extended care for staff.’
      • ‘What perhaps is more important are the abstruse figures, the figures that show that working conditions were traded off to earn the actual monetary income.’
      • ‘I played the game for about a week before trading it off for something more to my liking.’
      • ‘Years ago I had one of these, a short-shroud variation, and foolishly traded it off.’
      • ‘He soon found for his use the recoil was excessive and the gun too heavy to carry comfortably all day, so he traded it off for another 4-inch barreled .44 Special.’
  • trade on

    • Take advantage of (something), especially in an unfair way.

      ‘the government is trading on fears of inflation’
      • ‘A mainstream show, trading on sex and violence, but without an ounce of nudity or edginess.’
      • ‘But trading on his strong economic background, he doesn't have to work as hard to win over his audience.’
      • ‘She has now concluded that the Gallery used her, trading on the publicity she generates wherever she goes but never intending her to win.’
      • ‘I think it is trading on people's weaknesses and will lead to more and more depravity.’
      • ‘He may be trading on past glories but he can still fetch a good price for them.’
      • ‘It was a small company trading on the small capitalisation market of the NASDAQ Index.’
      • ‘They do this by trading on a phenomenon once neatly summarised by the great economist JK Galbraith.’
      • ‘There is no excuse for foot-dragging, no excuse for trading on the patience of his party, the country or his successor.’
      • ‘He is only trying to get you to feel sorry for him, trading on the grief and despair of others.’
      • ‘They are also accused of trading on cultural stereotypes and of lacking any real substance.’
      exploit, take advantage of, capitalize on, profit from, use, make use of
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Origin

Late Middle English (as a noun): from Middle Low German, literally ‘track’, of West Germanic origin; related to tread. Early senses included ‘course, way of life’, which gave rise in the 16th century to ‘habitual practice of an occupation’, ‘skilled handicraft’. The current verb senses date from the late 16th century.

Pronunciation

trade

/treɪd/