trade

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English trade (path, course of conduct), cognate with Old English tredan (tread); See Online Etymology Dictionary

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trade (countable and uncountable, plural trades)

  1. (uncountable) Buying and selling of goods and services on a market.
  2. (countable) A particular instance of buying or selling.
    I did no trades with them once the rumors started.
  3. (countable) An instance of bartering items in exchange for one another.
    • 1989, Bruce Pandolfini, Chess Openings: Traps and Zaps, ISBN 0671656902, "Glossary" section, page 225 [1]:
      EXCHANGE — A trade or swap of no material profit to either side.
    • 2009, Elliott Kalb and Mark Weinstein, The 30 Greatest Sports Conspiracy Theories of All Time, ISBN 9781602396784, page 60 [2]:
      When Golden State matched the Knicks' offer sheet, the Warriors and Knicks worked out a trade that sent King to New York for Richardson.
  4. (countable) Those who perform a particular kind of skilled work.
    The skilled trades were the first to organize modern labor unions.
  5. (countable) Those engaged in an industry or group of related industries.
    It is not a retail showroom. It is only for the trade.
  6. (countable) The skilled practice of a practical occupation.
    He learned his trade as an apprentice.
    • 2006, Edwin Black, chapter 2, Internal Combustion[3]:
      But through the oligopoly, charcoal fuel proliferated throughout London's trades and industries.  By the 1200s, brewers and bakers, tilemakers, glassblowers, pottery producers, and a range of other craftsmen all became hour-to-hour consumers of charcoal.
  7. (uncountable, UK) The business given to a commercial establishment by its customers.
    Even before noon there was considerable trade.
  8. (chiefly in the plural) Steady winds blowing from east to west above and below the equator.
    They rode the trades going west.
    • James Horsburgh
      the north-east trade
  9. (only as plural) A publication intended for participants in an industry or related group of industries.
    Rumors about layoffs are all over the trades.
  10. (uncountable, LGBT, slang) A brief sexual encounter.
    Josh picked up some trade last night.
  11. (obsolete, uncountable) Instruments of any occupation.
    • Dryden
      the house and household goods, his trade of war
  12. (mining) Refuse or rubbish from a mine.
  13. (obsolete) A track or trail; a way; a path; passage.
    • Surrey
      A postern with a blind wicket there was, / A common trade to pass through Priam's house.
    • Spenser
      Hath tracted forth some salvage beastes trade.
    • Shakespeare
      Or, I'll be buried in the king's highway, / Some way of common trade, where subjects' feet / May hourly trample on their sovereign's head.
  14. (obsolete) Course; custom; practice; occupation.
    • Udall
      the right trade of religion
    • Spenser
      There those five sisters had continual trade.
    • Massinger
      Long did I love this lady, / Long was my travel, long my trade to win her.
    • Shakespeare
      Thy sin's not accidental but a trade.

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  • (the commercial exchange of goods and services): commerce
  • (the collective people who perform a particular kind of skilled work): business
  • (the skilled practice of a practical occupation): craft
  • (An instance of buying and selling): deal, barter
  • (the business given to a commercial establishment by its customers): patronage

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Verb[edit]

trade (third-person singular simple present trades, present participle trading, simple past and past participle traded)

  1. To engage in trade
    This company trades in precious metal.
    • Arbuthnot
      a free port, where nations [] resorted with their goods and traded
  2. To be traded at a certain price or under certain conditions.
  3. To give (something) in exchange for.
    Will you trade your precious watch for my earring?
  4. To do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood.
  5. To have dealings; to be concerned or associated (with).
    • Shakespeare
      How did you dare to trade and traffic with Macbeth?

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Dutch[edit]

Verb[edit]

trade

  1. singular past subjunctive of treden

French[edit]

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Verb[edit]

trade

  1. first-person singular present indicative of trader
  2. third-person singular present indicative of trader
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of trader
  4. first-person singular present subjunctive of trader
  5. second-person singular imperative of trader

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

trāde

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of trādō