barter, swap, swop, trade(verb)
an equal exchange
"we had no money so we had to live by barter"
exchange goods without involving money
an equal exchange
We had no money so we had to live by barter.
exchange goods or services without involving money
Origin: From barater, of uncertain origin (maybe Celtic).
to traffic or trade, by exchanging one commodity for another, in distinction from a sale and purchase, in which money is paid for the commodities transferred; to truck
to trade or exchange in the way of barter; to exchange (frequently for an unworthy consideration); to traffic; to truck; -- sometimes followed by away; as, to barter away goods or honor
the act or practice of trafficking by exchange of commodities; an exchange of goods
the thing given in exchange
Barter is a system of exchange by which goods or services are directly exchanged for other goods or services without using a medium of exchange, such as money. It is distinguishable from gift economies in that the reciprocal exchange is immediate and not delayed in time. It is usually bilateral, but may be multilateral and usually exists parallel to monetary systems in most developed countries, though to a very limited extent. Barter usually replaces money as the method of exchange in times of monetary crisis, such as when the currency may be either unstable or simply unavailable for conducting commerce. David Graeber argues that the inefficiencies of barter in archaic society has been used by economists since Adam Smith to explain the emergence of money, the economy, and hence the discipline of economics itself. "Economists of the contemporary orthodoxy... propose an evolutionary development of economies which places barter, as a 'natural' human characteristic, at the most primitive stage, to be superseded by monetary exchange as soon as people become aware of the latter's greater efficiency." However, extensive investigation by anthropologists like Graeber has since then established that "No example of a barter economy, pure and simple, has ever been described, let alone the emergence from it of money; all available ethnography suggests that there never has been such a thing. But there are economies today which are nevertheless dominated by barter."
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
bär′tėr, v.t. to give one thing in exchange for another (with for, away).—v.i. to traffic by exchanging.—n. traffic by exchange of commodities.—n. Bar′terer, one who barters. [Prob. from O. Fr. barat.]
The numerical value of barter in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of barter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
This is in conformity with export-import policy of the Government of India. It is not a barter deal.
All government -- indeed, every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act -- is founded on compromise and barter.
We tried barter in the 1990s and it had a very bad influence on the economy, it depends who is offering you barter. If it's a good client who has something with value on the market, then it's O.K., but if not, we're not interested.
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- размяна, разменям, бартер, правя бартерBulgarian
- Tauschhandel, tauschenGerman
- trueque, trocarSpanish
- vaihtokauppa, tehdä vaihtokauppa, vaihtaaFinnish
- troc, troquerFrench
- baratto, barattareItalian
- バーター, 物々交換Japanese
- ruilhandel, ruilebuiten, ruil, ruilenDutch
- permuta, trocarPortuguese
- меновая торговля, проводить бартерные сделки, бартер, товарообменRussian
- trampiti, трампа, trampaSerbo-Croatian
- idka byteshandel, byteshandelSwedish
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