trades, trading, traded
1) N-UNCOUNT: usu with supp Trade is the activity of buying, selling, or exchanging goods or services between people, firms, or countries.

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 with n] They had years of experience of trading with the West...

[V in n] He has been trading in antique furniture for 25 years.

Derived words:
trading N-UNCOUNT usu with supp

Trading on the stock exchange may be suspended...

Sunday trading laws will be reformed.

3) N-COUNT: usu supp N A trade is a particular area of business or industry.

They've completely ruined the tourist trade for the next few years.

...the arms trade.

4) N-COUNT: oft poss N, also by N 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.

He learnt his trade as a diver in the North Sea...

Allyn was a jeweller by trade...

She is a patron of small businesses and trades.

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. [mainly AM]

[V n for n (non-recip)] They traded land for goods and money...

[V n for n (non-recip)] He still claims the arms weren't traded for hostages...

[pl-n V n] Kids used to trade baseball cards...

[V n with n] They suspected that Neville had traded secret information with Mr Foster.

Trade is also a noun.

I am willing to make a trade with you... It wouldn't exactly have been a fair trade.

(in BRIT, use exchange)
6) V-RECIP If you trade places with someone or the two of you trade places, you move into the other person's position or situation, and they move into yours. [mainly AM]

[V n with n] Mike asked George to trade places with him so he could ride with Tod...

[V n with n] Kennedy mischievously suggested that professors ought to trade jobs for a time with janitors...

[pl-n V n] The receiver and the quarterback are going to trade positions.

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. [AM]

[be V-ed] He was traded from the Giants to the Yankees...

[V n] The A's have not won a game since they traded him.

(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]

[pl-n V n] Children would settle disputes by trading punches or insults in the schoolyard...

[V n with n] They traded artillery fire with government forces inside the city.

Phrasal Verbs:

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