- 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 Native Americans. trading partners (= countries that you trade with) trade something (with somebody) Our products are now traded worldwide.
- 2[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.
- 3 [transitive] to exchange something that you have for something that someone else has trade (somebody) something to trade secrets/insults/jokes trade something for something She traded her posters for his DVD. trade something with somebody I wouldn't mind trading places with her for a day.
- 4[transitive] trade somebody (for somebody) (in sports) to exchange a player on one team for a player on another team He was traded to the Astros for a pair of rookies. Phrasal Verbstrade downtrade somethingintrade somethingoff (against/for something)trade on somethingtrade up
NAmE//treɪd//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they trade
he / she / it trades
past simple traded
-ing form trading