/treɪd / (say trayd)

1. the buying and selling, or exchanging, of commodities, either by wholesale or by retail, within a country or between countries: domestic trade; foreign trade.
2. a purchase, sale, or exchange.
3. a form of occupation pursued as a business or calling, as for a livelihood or profit.
4. a skilled occupation, especially one requiring manual labour: the trade of a carpenter; the trade of a printer.
5. people engaged in a particular line of business: a lecture of interest only to the trade.
6. traffic; amount of dealings: a brisk trade in overcoats.
7. market: the tourist trade.
8. commercial occupation (as against professional): *You think people look down on you, because you're in trade. –henry handel richardson, 1917.
9. (plural) the trade winds.
verb (traded, trading)
verb (t)
10. to give in return; exchange; barter.
11. to exchange: to trade seats with a person.
verb (i)
12. to carry on trade.
13. to make an exchange.
14. of or relating to commerce, a particular trade or occupation, or trade as a whole.
15. trade in,
a. to give in part exchange, as in a transaction.
b. to traffic in: to trade in wheat.
16. trade on, to exploit or take advantage of, especially unfairly: *She implied that I was Tim's mistress, that I was trading on Tim's mental weakness to exploit and corrupt him. –colleen mccullough, 1975.
17. trade up, to trade something in on something superior.
{Middle English, from Middle Low German: a track}
tradeless, adjective
tradeable, adjective

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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