trade ( trades plural & 3rd person present) ( trading present participle) ( traded past tense & past participle )
1 n-uncount Trade is the activity of buying, selling, or exchanging goods or services between people, firms, or countries.
usu with supp
The ministry had direct control over every aspect of foreign trade., ...negotiations on a new international trade agreement..., Texas has a long history of trade with Mexico.
2 verb When people, firms, or countries trade, they buy, sell, or exchange goods or services between themselves.
They may refuse to trade, even when offered attractive prices... V
They had years of experience of trading with the West... V with n
He has been trading in antique furniture for 25 years. V in n
trading n-uncount usu with supp
Trading on the stock exchange may be suspended...
3 n-count A trade is a particular area of business or industry.
usu supp N
They've completely ruined the tourist trade for the next few years., ...the arms trade.
4 n-count Someone's trade is the kind of work that they do, especially when they have been trained to do it over a period of time.
oft poss N, also by N
He learnt his trade as a diver in the North Sea..., Allyn was a jeweller by trade...
5 v-recip If someone trades one thing for another or if two people trade things, they agree to exchange one thing for the other thing.
They traded land for goods and money... V n for n (non-recip)
Kids used to trade baseball cards... pl-n V n
They suspected that Neville had traded secret information with Mr Foster. V n with n
Trade is also a noun., n-count
I am willing to make a trade with you...
in BRIT, use exchange
6 v-recip If you trade places with someone or if the two of you trade places, you move into the other person's position or situation, and they move into yours.
Mike asked George to trade places with him so he could ride with Tod... V n with n
The receiver and the quarterback are going to trade positions. pl-n V n
7 verb In professional sports, for example football or baseball, if a player is traded from one team to another, they leave one team and begin playing for another.
He was traded from the Giants to the Yankees... be V-ed
The A's have not won a game since they traded him. V n
in BRIT, use transfer
8 v-recip If two people or groups trade something such as blows, insults, or jokes, they hit each other, insult each other, or tell each other jokes. (mainly AM)
(=exchange) Children would settle disputes by trading punches or insults in the schoolyard... pl-n V n They traded artillery fire with government forces inside the city. V n with n trade down phrasal verb If someone trades down, they sell something such as their car or house and buy a less expensive one. They are selling their five-bedroom house and trading down to a two-bedroom cottage. V P to n trade in phrasal verb If you trade in an old car or appliance, you give it to the person you are buying a new one from so that you pay less. He had a Rolls-Royce, and he traded it in for two matching silver Range Rovers... V n P Richard refused to trade in his old Canon cameras. V P n (not pron) →
trade-in trade off phrasal verb If you trade off one thing against another, you exchange all or part of one thing for another, as part of a negotiation or compromise. They cynically tried to trade off a reduction in the slaughter of dolphins against a resumption of commercial whaling... V P n against n There is a possibility of being able to trade off information for a reduced sentence. V P n for n →
trade-off trade up phrasal verb If someone trades up, they sell something such as their car or their house and buy a more expensive one. Mini-car owners are trading up to `real' cars... V P to n Homeowners will feel more comfortable and they may feel ready to trade up. V P
horse-trading , horsetrading
1 n-uncount If you describe discussions or negotiations as horse-trading, you disapprove of them because they are unofficial and involve compromises.
(BRIT, mainly JOURNALISM, disapproval)
...the anger and distaste many people feel at the political horse-trading involved in forming a government.
2 n-uncount When negotiation or bargaining is forceful and shows clever and careful judgment, you can describe it as horse-trading.
insider trading , insider dealing
Insider trading or insider dealing is the illegal buying or selling of a company's shares by someone who has secret or private information about the company. (BUSINESS) n-uncount
trading estate ( trading estates plural ) A trading estate is the same as an industrial estate.
(BRIT) n-count oft in names