What does barter mean?

Definitions for barter
ˈbɑr tərbarter

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. barter, swap, swop, trade(verb)

    an equal exchange

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

  2. barter(verb)

    exchange goods without involving money


  1. barter(Noun)

    an equal exchange

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

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

  2. barter(Verb)

    exchange goods or services without involving money

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Barter(verb)

    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. Barter(verb)

    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. Barter(noun)

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

  4. Barter(noun)

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development of economies which places barter, as a 'natural' human characteristic, at the most primitive stage, to be superseded by monetary exchange as soon as people become aware of the latter's greater efficiency."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

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

  2. Anuj Somany:

    Life essentially follows a barter system because a person has to give-out something to get-in something else of the same value only.

  3. Edmund Burke:

    All government -- indeed, every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act -- is founded on compromise and barter.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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