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trade

noun     /treɪd/
[U] COMMERCE the buying and selling of goods between people, companies, or countries: trade between sb and sb The policy is intended to increase trade between India and southeast Asia.trade in sth The country's trade in manufactured goods has expanded in the last ten years.a trade body/group Leaders of industry trade groups are urging caution in raising oil taxes. the minister for trade and industry global/international/regional trade trade policies/practices trade concessions/liberalization trade deals/negotiations/talks
[C] a particular business or industry: Members of the building trade have opposed the measure. the catering/retail/tourist trade the car/diamond/fur trade
[U] ECONOMICS a country's imports and exports in a particular period: Consumer spending slowed down and investment and net trade recovered. The dollar has been boosted by two months of better American trade figures.
[U] business activity: lose/boost trade Many small local shops have lost up to 50% of their trade since the supermarket opened. Trade is always slow in the winter months.
[C or U] a job, especially one that needs special skill and involves working with your hands: He's an electrician by trade. She wants to go to college and learn a trade.
[C or U] a situation in which you exchange something that you own for something that you want: Does anyone want to do a trade for my mobile phone? We have hundreds of CDs available for sale or trade.
[C or U] FINANCE, STOCK MARKET the activity of buying and selling shares, investments, etc. or an occasion when people do this: EBS claims to broker about 10,000 trades a day. afternoon/morning trade was brisk.
do a roaring trade (in sth) (also do a brisk trade (in sth)) to sell a lot of something: We do a roaring trade in ice-creams during the hot weather.
the trade a particular business or industry, and the people who work in it: People who work in the trade can buy their books at a discount. The website offers a huge choice of private and trade sales for secondhand buyers. a trade journal/magazine
→ See also balance of trade, barrier to trade, cap and trade, carry trade, chamber of trade, countertrade, distributive trades, external trade, fair trade, foreign trade, free trade, global trade, insider trade, invisible trade, overseas trade, passing trade, the rag trade, stock-in-trade, terms of trade, visible trade, wash trade
(Definition of trade noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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