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.
Informal .trade paper
–verb (used with object)
to buy and sell; barter; traffic in.
to exchange: to trade seats.
–verb (used without object)
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.
of or pertaining to trade or commerce.
used by, serving, or intended for a particular trade: trade journal.
Also, trades. of, composed of, or serving the members of a trade: a trade club.
trade down, to exchange a more valuable or desirable item for a less valuable or desirable one.
trade in, to give (a used article) as payment to be credited toward a purchase: We trade in our car every three years.
trade off, to exchange something for or with another.
trade on / upon, to turn to one's advantage, esp. selfishly or unfairly; exploit: to trade on the weaknesses of others.
trade up, to exchange a less valuable or desirable item for a more valuable or desirable one.