What does barter mean?

Definitions for barter
ˈbɑr tərbarter

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. barter, swap, swop, tradeverb

    an equal exchange

    "we had no money so we had to live by barter"

  2. barterverb

    exchange goods without involving money


  1. barternoun

    an equal exchange

    We had no money so we had to live by barter.

    Etymology: From barater, of uncertain origin (maybe Celtic).

  2. barterverb

    exchange goods or services without involving money

    Etymology: From barater, of uncertain origin (maybe Celtic).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Barterverb

    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

  2. Barterverb

    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

  3. Barternoun

    the act or practice of trafficking by exchange of commodities; an exchange of goods

  4. Barternoun

    the thing given in exchange


  1. Barter

    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development of economies which places barter, as a 'natural' human characteristic, at the most primitive stage, to be superseded by monetary exchange as soon as people become aware of the latter's greater efficiency."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

  1. Barter

    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.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of barter in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of barter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of barter in a Sentence

  1. Peter Harrell:

    Policymakers will be concerned that sanctioning an oil for food barter would play into a...narrative that U.S. sanctions are causing humanitarian challenges in Venezuela.

  2. Jane Barter:

    No one knows that at home, in the middle of the night when my family is sleeping, that I ’m up and I ’m dry heaving and I ’m crying and I ’m begging and I ’m just online investigating this whole thing Jane Barter.

  3. Vladimir Bratusin:

    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.

  4. Mark Dubowitz:

    The removal of Iran's central bank from Swift along with other Iranian banks implicated in terrorism, nuclear and missile proliferation, as well human rights abuses will cut the regime's access to the global financial system, this will reduce their options to barter trade or sanctions busting. Treasury however has left open humanitarian channels that the regime should use to deliver food, medicine and other goods to the Iranian people.

  5. Essar Steel:

    This is in conformity with export-import policy of the Government of India. It is not a barter deal.

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