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trade

noun (BUYING AND SELLING)    /treɪd/
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.Buying and selling in general [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.Business and commerce - general words
(Definition of trade noun (BUYING AND SELLING) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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