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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tradenoun

    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, craftnoun

    the skilled practice of a practical occupation

    "he learned his trade as an apprentice"

  3. trade, patronagenoun

    the business given to a commercial establishment by its customers

    "even before noon there was a considerable patronage"

  4. deal, trade, business dealnoun

    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, tradenoun

    people who perform a particular kind of skilled work

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

  6. trade wind, tradenoun

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

    "they rode the trade winds going west"

  7. barter, swap, swop, tradeverb

    an equal exchange

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

  8. trade, merchandiseverb

    engage in the trade of

    "he is merchandising telephone sets"

  9. trade, trade inverb

    turn in as payment or part payment for a purchase

    "trade in an old car for a new one"

  10. tradeverb

    be traded at a certain price or under certain conditions

    "The stock traded around $20 a share"

  11. trade, swap, swop, switchverb

    exchange or give (something) in exchange for

  12. deal, sell, tradeverb

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

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


  1. tradenoun

    Buying and selling of goods and services on a market.

  2. tradenoun

    A particular instance of buying or selling.

    I did no trades with them once the rumors started.

  3. tradenoun

    An instance of bartering items in exchange for one another.

  4. tradenoun

    Those who perform a particular kind of skilled work.

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

  5. tradenoun

    Those engaged in an industry or group of related industries.

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

  6. tradenoun

    The skilled practice of a practical occupation.

    He learned his trade as an apprentice.

  7. tradenoun

    The business given to a commercial establishment by its customers.

    Even before noon there was considerable trade.

  8. tradenoun

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

    They rode the trades going west.

  9. tradenoun

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

    Rumors about layoffs are all over the trades.

  10. tradeverb

    To engage in trade

    This company trades in precious metal.

  11. tradeverb

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

    stock trade

  12. tradeverb

    To give (something) in exchange for.

    Will you trade your precious watch for my earring?

  13. tradeverb

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

  14. tradenoun

    A brief sexual encounter.

    Josh picked up some trade last night.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. TRADEnoun

    Etymology: tratta, Italian.

    Whosoever commands the sea, commands the trade; whosoever commands the trade of the world, commands the riches of the world, and consequently the world itself. Ral.

    Trade increases in one place and decays in another. William Temple.

    Appoint to every one that is not able to live of his freehold a certain trade of life; the which trade he shall be bound to follow. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.

    How dizzy! half way down
    Hangs one that gathers samphire, dreadful trade. William Shakespeare.

    I’ll mountebank their loves, and come home belov’d
    Of all the trades in Rome. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Fear and piety,
    Instruction, manners, mysteries, and trades,
    Decline to your confounding contraries. William Shakespeare.

    The rude Equicolæ
    Hunting their sport, and plund’ring was their trade. Dryd.

    Fight under him; there’s plunder to be had;
    A captain is a very gainful trade. John Dryden, Juv.

    The whole division that to Mars pertains,
    All trades of death, that deal in steel for gains. Dryden.

    The emperor Pertinax applied himself in his youth to a gainful trade; his father, judging him fit for a better employment, had a mind to turn his education another way; the son was obstinate in pursuing so profitable a trade, a sort of merchandise of wood. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

    The shepherd bears
    His house and houshold gods, his trade of war,
    His bow and quiver, and his trusty cur. John Dryden, Virgil.

    Call some of young years to train them up in that trade; and so fit them for weighty affairs. Francis Bacon.

  2. To Tradeverb

    To sell or exchange in commerce.

    They were thy merchants: they traded the persons of men and vessels of brass in thy market. Ezek. xxvii. 13.

  3. To Tradeverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    He commanded these servants to be called, to know how much every man had gained by trading. Luke xix. 15.

    Delos, a sacred place, grew a free port, where nations warring with one another resorted with their goods, and traded. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

    Maximinus traded with the Goths in the product of his estate in Thracia. Arbuthnot.

    Saucy and overbold! how did you dare
    To trade and traffick with Macbeth,
    In riddles and affairs of death? William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    They on the trading flood ply tow’rd the pole. John Milton.

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. Tradeverb

    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. Tradeverb

    to buy and sell or exchange property in a single instance

  12. Tradeverb

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

  13. Tradeverb

    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

  2. dater

  3. derat

  4. drate

  5. rated

  6. tared

  7. tread

  8. detar

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  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. William Jackson:

    People will be looking for any commentary on the impact of trade tensions on the U.S. economy and whether that's already weighing on investment, and on the flattening of the yield curve and what that means.

  2. Nancy Pelosi:

    We hope that the president will join us in bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform, be strategic about our trade relationships and recognize the importance of the U.S.-Mexico relationship, yet again, the president is sowing chaos over the border instead of delivering solutions for American workers and for American consumers.

  3. Katie Nixon:

    We lean against the conventional thinking that Biden = tax hikes = bad for the market, there is more at play, and the calculus behind the totality of proposals is complicated, with the impact of tax increases potentially offset by a repairing of trade relationships around the world.

  4. Thomas Hayes:

    You are just seeing blow out earnings from the banks and all the data pointing to a very strong reopening, so it’s a day for (the so-called) ‘reopening trade’ with strong financials.

  5. Terry Tamminen:

    Our conversation focused on how [sic] create millions of secure, American jobs in the construction and operation of commercial and residential clean, renewable energy generation, these programs attainable — and include energy efficiency upgrades that pay for themselves with savings, waste reduction projects that can turn every city into a source of new materials and fuels, and transportation projects that will support global trade while reducing traffic and air pollution and make America a leader in sustainable fuel and vehicle technologies.

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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
  • trádáilIrish
  • 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
  • 贸易Chinese

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    the trait of showing courage and determination in spite of possible loss or injury
    • A. tingle
    • B. arborolatry
    • C. pluck
    • D. elation

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