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trade

verb     /treɪd/
[I or T] COMMERCE to buy and sell goods or services: be traded between sb and sb The plan knocks down tariffs on goods traded between the two countries.trade with sb All councils trade electronically with their suppliers.trade in sth Besides trading in goods, we also trade in services.
to give something that you own as part of the payment for something that you buy, especially a new type of the same product: trade sth for sth I traded my car for a new vehicle.
[I] to exist and operate as a business: trade as sth The company trades as 'Pioneer Clothing'. The business traded under the name of College Crackers. The supermarket ceased trading in 2009.
[I or T] STOCK MARKET, FINANCE to buy and sell shares on a stock market: Investors will be offered the choice of three ways to trade. Around 95,000 long gilt contracts were traded on Liffe today.
[I] FINANCE, STOCK MARKET to be bought and sold on a stock market: Only six months ago the shares were trading as high as 35.5p. Foreign stock markets were trading down about 2%.
[T] to exchange something, or to stop doing or using something and start doing or using something else instead: trade sth for sth Most investors would trade a steadily climbing market for a volatile index any day.
[I] US COMMERCE to buy goods or do your shopping at a particular store: We don't trade at his store anymore.
→ See also fairly-traded, overtrade, publicly-traded, trade down, trade sth in, trade sth off, trade up
(Definition of trade verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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