Definition of trade-up in English:



  • A sale of an article in order to buy something similar but more expensive and of higher quality.

    • ‘Each group identified trades that achieved improved balance across its programs and then prioritized trade-ups and trade-offs for the group as a whole.’
    • ‘Because of the effectiveness of sprinkler systems, codes often allow trade-offs or trade-ups on other elements of the fire protection system.’
    • ‘Also, they have a great used gear selection, and a clever trade-up program for children's skis to help keep the family skiing together.’
    • ‘They offer the same benefits their full-scale brothers do: a trade-up from premium domestics.’
    • ‘And trade-up is common with regular strength beer, but not with light beer.’