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Definition of trade verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    trade

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//treɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//treɪd//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they trade
    BrE BrE//treɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//treɪd//
     
    he / she / it trades
    BrE BrE//treɪdz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//treɪdz//
     
    past simple traded
    BrE BrE//ˈtreɪdɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtreɪdɪd//
     
    past participle traded
    BrE BrE//ˈtreɪdɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtreɪdɪd//
     
    -ing form trading
    BrE BrE//ˈtreɪdɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtreɪdɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1   [intransitive, transitive] to buy and sell things trade (in something) (with somebody) The firm openly traded in arms. Early explorers traded directly with the Indians. trading partners (= countries that you trade with) trade something (with somebody) Our products are now traded worldwide. See related entries: Economy
  2. 2[intransitive] to exist and operate as a business or company The firm has now ceased trading. trade as somebody/something They traded as ‘Walker and Son’.
  3. 3[intransitive, transitive] trade (something) to be bought and sold, or to buy and sell something, on a stock exchange Shares were trading at under half their usual value. See related entries: Economy
  4. 4[transitive] to exchange something that you have for something that somebody else has trade (somebody) something to trade secrets/insults/jokes trade something for something She traded her posters for his CD. trade something with somebody I wouldn't mind trading places with her for a day.
  5. Word Origin late Middle English (as a noun): from Middle Low German, literally ‘track’, of West Germanic origin; related to tread. Early senses included ‘course, way of life’, which gave rise in the 16th cent. to ‘habitual practice of an occupation’, ‘skilled handicraft’. The current verb senses date from the late 16th cent.Extra examples He claimed that all businesses should be able to trade freely on Sundays. The company has now ceased trading. The company openly traded in arms. The company trades under the name ‘English Estates’. They now trade as a partnership. countries trading illegally in rhinoceros horn publicly traded securities After settling in Madeira they began trading in flour, sugar and leather. Cabinet colleagues traded insults over the future of the pound. I wouldn’t mind trading places with her for a day. The countries are now trading partners. The futures contract is traded at a clean price and does not include accrued interest payments. Phrasal Verbstrade at somethingtrade downtrade somethingintrade off somethingtrade on somethingtrade up
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