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trade

noun uk   /treɪd/ us  

trade noun (BUYING AND SELLING)

B1 [U] the activity of buying and selling, or exchanging, goods and/or services between people or countries: The country's trade in manufactured goods has expanded in the last ten years. 70 percent of the country's trade is with Europe. The two countries have signed a trade agreement for one year only. [U] business activity: Since the supermarket opened, many small local shops have lost up to 50 percent of their trade. In hot weather, shops do a roaring/brisk trade in (= sell a lot of) cold drinks and ice creams. This level of confidence in the economy is good for trade generally.

trade noun (BUSINESS)

C1 [C] a particular business or industry: the building/catering/tourist trade the book/car/fur trade He worked in the same trade all his life. B2 [C or U] a job, especially one that needs special skill, that involves working with your hands: After she left school, she went to college to learn a trade. He's a carpenter by trade. the trade [S] the people who work in a particular business or industry or in the same one: People who work in the trade can buy their books at a discount. The company only supplies its goods to the (building/catering) trade, not direct to the public.

trade

adjective uk   /treɪd/ us  
trade publication/journal/magazine/paper a newspaper, etc. produced for people working in a particular business or industry: a steel industry trade journal

trade

verb uk   /treɪd/ us  

trade verb (BUY AND SELL)

B2 [I or T, usually + adv/prep] to buy and sell goods or services, especially between countries: For centuries, Native Americans traded with European settlers. The company has been trading in oil for many years. The two countries have become close trading partners. Our books are traded right across Asia.
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[I or T] to be bought and sold, or to buy and sell shares, on the stock exchange: On London's Stock Exchange, 18.5 million shares were traded yesterday. Shares in the company traded actively.

trade verb (EXCHANGE)

[T] to exchange something, or to stop using or doing something and start using or doing something else instead: The children traded comics. [+ two objects] I'll trade you some of my chocolate for some of your ice cream. I wouldn't trade you for the world (= I do not want a different partner).
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[T] If people trade statements of a particular type, they say or tell them to each other: We sat around the dinner table, trading stories. The two politicians didn't really discuss the issues, they just traded insults.
(Definition of trade from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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