Definition of trade something in in English:

trade something in

phrasal verb

  • Exchange a used article in part payment for another.

    ‘she traded in her Ford for a Land Rover’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When it comes to trading in greenbacks for hardbacks, large bookstore chains win the gold.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We could trade it in for a sum not dissimilar for trading your car in or we can keep that and send it out.’
    • ‘This upsurge brought more used cars on to the market as older cars were traded in.’