What does trade mean?

Definitions for trade

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word trade.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. trade(noun)

    the commercial exchange (buying and selling on domestic or international markets) of goods and services

    "Venice was an important center of trade with the East"; "they are accused of conspiring to constrain trade"

  2. trade, craft(noun)

    the skilled practice of a practical occupation

    "he learned his trade as an apprentice"

  3. trade, patronage(noun)

    the business given to a commercial establishment by its customers

    "even before noon there was a considerable patronage"

  4. deal, trade, business deal(noun)

    a particular instance of buying or selling

    "it was a package deal"; "I had no further trade with him"; "he's a master of the business deal"

  5. craft, trade(noun)

    people who perform a particular kind of skilled work

    "he represented the craft of brewers"; "as they say in the trade"

  6. trade wind, trade(noun)

    steady winds blowing from east to west above and below the equator

    "they rode the trade winds going west"

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

    an equal exchange

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

  8. trade, merchandise(verb)

    engage in the trade of

    "he is merchandising telephone sets"

  9. trade, trade in(verb)

    turn in as payment or part payment for a purchase

    "trade in an old car for a new one"

  10. trade(verb)

    be traded at a certain price or under certain conditions

    "The stock traded around $20 a share"

  11. trade, swap, swop, switch(verb)

    exchange or give (something) in exchange for

  12. deal, sell, trade(verb)

    do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood

    "She deals in gold"; "The brothers sell shoes"


  1. trade(Noun)

    Buying and selling of goods and services on a market.

  2. trade(Noun)

    A particular instance of buying or selling.

    I did no trades with them once the rumors started.

  3. trade(Noun)

    An instance of bartering items in exchange for one another.

  4. trade(Noun)

    Those who perform a particular kind of skilled work.

    The skilled trades were the first to organize modern labor unions.

  5. trade(Noun)

    Those engaged in an industry or group of related industries.

    It is not a retail showroom. It is only for the trade.

  6. trade(Noun)

    The skilled practice of a practical occupation.

    He learned his trade as an apprentice.

  7. trade(Noun)

    The business given to a commercial establishment by its customers.

    Even before noon there was considerable trade.

  8. trade(Noun)

    Steady winds blowing from east to west above and below the equator.

    They rode the trades going west.

  9. trade(Noun)

    A publication intended for participants in an industry or related group of industries.

    Rumors about layoffs are all over the trades.

  10. trade(Verb)

    To engage in trade

    This company trades in precious metal.

  11. trade(Verb)

    To be traded at a certain price or under certain conditions.

    stock trade

  12. trade(Verb)

    To give (something) in exchange for.

    Will you trade your precious watch for my earring?

  13. trade(Verb)

    To do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood.

  14. trade(Noun)

    A brief sexual encounter.

    Josh picked up some trade last night.

  15. Origin: From trade, cognate with tredan; See Online Etymology Dictionary

Webster Dictionary

  1. Trade

    a track; a trail; a way; a path; also, passage; travel; resort

  2. Trade

    course; custom; practice; occupation; employment

  3. Trade

    business of any kind; matter of mutual consideration; affair; dealing

  4. Trade

    specifically: The act or business of exchanging commodities by barter, or by buying and selling for money; commerce; traffic; barter

  5. Trade

    the business which a person has learned, and which he engages in, for procuring subsistence, or for profit; occupation; especially, mechanical employment as distinguished from the liberal arts, the learned professions, and agriculture; as, we speak of the trade of a smith, of a carpenter, or mason, but not now of the trade of a farmer, or a lawyer, or a physician

  6. Trade

    instruments of any occupation

  7. Trade

    a company of men engaged in the same occupation; thus, booksellers and publishers speak of the customs of the trade, and are collectively designated as the trade

  8. Trade

    the trade winds

  9. Trade

    refuse or rubbish from a mine

  10. Trade(verb)

    to barter, or to buy and sell; to be engaged in the exchange, purchase, or sale of goods, wares, merchandise, or anything else; to traffic; to bargain; to carry on commerce as a business

  11. Trade(verb)

    to buy and sell or exchange property in a single instance

  12. Trade(verb)

    to have dealings; to be concerned or associated; -- usually followed by with

  13. Trade(verb)

    to sell or exchange in commerce; to barter

  14. Trade

    imp. of Tread


  1. Trade

    Trade also called goods exchange economy is the transfer of ownership of goods from one person or entity to another by getting something in exchange from the buyer. Trade is sometimes loosely called commerce or financial transaction or barter. A network that allows trade is called a market. The original form of trade was barter, the direct exchange of goods and services. Later one side of the barter were the metals, precious metals, bill, paper money. Modern traders instead generally negotiate through a medium of exchange, such as money. As a result, buying can be separated from selling, or earning. The invention of money greatly simplified and promoted trade. Trade between two traders is called bilateral trade, while trade between more than two traders is called multilateral trade. Trade exists for man due to specialization and division of labor, in which most people concentrate on a small aspect of production, trading for other products. Trade exists between regions because different regions have a comparative advantage in the production of some tradable commodity, or because different regions size allows for the benefits of mass production. As such, trade at market prices between locations benefits both locations.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Trade

    trād, n. buying and selling: commerce: occupation, craft; men engaged in the same occupation: rubbish.—v.i. to buy and sell: to act merely for money.—v.i. to traffic with.—adjs. Trād′ed (Shak.), versed, practised; Trade′ful (Spens.), commercial, busy in traffic.—ns. Trade′-hall, a hall for the meetings of any trade or guild; Trade′-mark, any name or distinctive device warranting goods for sale as the production of any individual or firm; Trade′-price, the price at which goods are sold to members of the same trade, or are sold by wholesale to retail dealers; Trā′der; Trade′-sale, an auction sale of goods by producers, &c., to persons in the trade.—n.pl. Trades′-folk, people employed in trade.—n. Trades′man, a common name for a shopkeeper: a mechanic:—fem. Trades′woman.—n.pl. Trades′peo′ple, people employed in various trades, esp. shopkeeping, &c.—ns. Trades′-un′ion, Trade′-un′ion, an organised association of the workmen of any trade or industry for the protection of their common interests; Trade′-un′ionism; Trade′-un′ionist; Trade′-wind, a wind blowing steadily toward the thermal equator and deflected westwardly by the eastward rotation of the earth.—adj. Trā′ding, carrying on commerce (also n.): (Milt.) frequented by traders, denoting places where the trade-winds blow.—Trade on, to take advantage of.—Board of Trade, a department of government for control of railways, mercantile marine, harbours, and commercial matters generally. [A.S. træd, pa.t. of tredan, to tread. Not Fr. traite, transport of goods—L. tractāre, freq. of trahĕre, to draw.]

  2. Trade

    trād, n. (Spens.) same as Tread: (Shak.) beaten path.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. trade

    Implies the constant destination of any particular merchant vessels, as the Lisbon trade, West India trade, &c.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'trade' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #478

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'trade' in Written Corpus Frequency: #683

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'trade' in Nouns Frequency: #178

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'trade' in Verbs Frequency: #600

Anagrams for trade »

  1. adret, dater, derat, drate, rated, tared, tread

How to pronounce trade?

  1. Alex
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How to say trade in sign language?

  1. trade


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of trade in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of trade in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of trade in a Sentence

  1. French Environment Minister Segolene Royal:

    We need to kill the trade.

  2. John Dryden:

    War is the trade of Kings.

  3. Orrin Hatch:

    Simply put, trade means jobs.

  4. Ma Tieying:

    The terms of trade are improving.

  5. President Trump:

    Excuse me, the World Trade Center.

Images & Illustrations of trade

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  • ambag, handel, ruilAfrikaans
  • تجارةArabic
  • obchodCzech
  • byttehandel, handelDanish
  • Kommerz, Tausch, Handel, Handwerk, Passat, Geschäft, Facharbeiter, PassatwindGerman
  • εμπόριοGreek
  • interŝanĝiEsperanto
  • gremio, comercio, comerciarSpanish
  • تجارتPersian
  • pasaati, pasaatituuli, kauppa, vaihtokauppa, ammatti, ammattilainen, ammattilehti, poka, kaupankäynti, ammattikunta, ammattitaitoFinnish
  • commerce, métier, échangerFrench
  • cochionneeaghtManx
  • סחר, מסחרHebrew
  • तिजारत, व्यापारHindi
  • kereskedelemHungarian
  • առևտուր, արհեստArmenian
  • iðn, viðskipti, verslun, skipti, kaup, skiptaIcelandic
  • commercio, mestiereItalian
  • סַחַרHebrew
  • 交易, 商売, 貿易風, 貿易, トレードJapanese
  • ყიდის, გადაცვლისGeorgian
  • 거래, 교환, 기술, 교역, 교환하다, 바꾸다, 무역Korean
  • kaulēšanās, tirgošanāsLatvian
  • mahi-ā-reheMāori
  • тргување, занает, трговија, струкаMacedonian
  • handel, gildeDutch
  • håndverk, fag, handelNorwegian
  • naʼiiniʼNavajo, Navaho
  • transakcja, profesja, handel, zawód, fachPolish
  • negócio, ofício, freguesia, comércio, troca, trocarPortuguese
  • meserieRomanian
  • обме́н, торго́вля, комме́рция, ремесло́, профе́ссия, пасса́т, сделкаRussian
  • обход, trgovina, izmena, занат, размена, измена, трговина, razmena, obhod, zanatSerbo-Croatian
  • handel, yrkesman, yrke, hantverk, fackmanSwedish
  • வர்த்தகTamil
  • వర్తకము, వాణిజ్యముTelugu
  • พาณิชย์, ธุรกิจ, การค้าThai
  • تجارتUrdu
  • buôn bán, thương mại, thương nghiệpVietnamese

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