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trade

noun [C/U]  /treɪd/ us  

trade noun [C/U] (BUYING AND SELLING)

the activity of buying and selling goods and services esp. between countries: [U] foreign trade [U] a trade agreement A trade is the act of exchanging one thing for another.

trade noun [C/U] (JOB)

a job, esp. one that needs special skill and that involves working with your hands, or the type of work in which such skills are needed: [C] the building trades [U] He’s an auto mechanic/electrician by trade. A trade is also any business: [C] the book/tourist trade

trade

verb [I/T]  /treɪd/ us  

trade verb [I/T] (BUY AND SELL)

to buy, sell, or exchange goods: [I] For centuries, Native Americans traded with European settlers. To trade is also to exchange something: [T] The children traded comics. [T] The two players traded insults and nearly came to blows. If you trade something in, such as a car, you give it as part of the payment for something new: [M] He recently traded in his Jeep for a red Mercedes.
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