trade-off Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “trade-off” in the English Dictionary

"trade-off" in British English

See all translations


uk   /ˈtreɪd.ɒf/  us   /-ɑːf/
[C] a ​situation in which you ​balance two ​opposingsituations or ​qualities: There is a trade-off between doing the ​jobaccurately and doing it ​quickly. She said that she'd had to make a trade-off between her ​job and her ​family. [C usually singular] a ​situation in which you ​accept something ​bad in ​order to have something good: For some ​carbuyers, ​lack of ​space is an ​acceptable trade-off for a ​sportydesign.
(Definition of trade-off from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"trade-off" in Business English

See all translations

trade-offnoun [C, usually singular]

uk   us   /ˈtreɪdɒf/
a ​situation in which you ​accept something you do not like or want in ​order to have something that you want: a trade-off between sth and sth These ​companiesoffer the best trade-off between ​risk and ​return for most ​individualinvestors.a trade-off for sth The explosion in ​datacollection has been ​accepted by many as a trade-off for ​convenience and ​discounts. trade-off decisions
(Definition of trade-off from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “trade-off”
in Chinese (Simplified) 平衡, 协调, 妥协,让步…
in Turkish değiş tokuş yapma…
in Russian компромисс…
in Chinese (Traditional) 平衡, 協調, 妥協,讓步…
in Polish kompromis…
What is the pronunciation of trade-off?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day


stylish and fashionable

Word of the Day

Out of Africa
Out of Africa
by Colin McIntosh,
October 01, 2015
A recent discovery off the coast of the island of Taiwan, made by local fishermen, is causing scientists to re-examine their ideas about early humans. The skull of a male human, now nicknamed Penghu Man, was found to differ significantly from the skulls of the Homo Erectus species previously known in the

Read More 

dolla noun
dolla noun
September 28, 2015
slang money Can I have some dolla?

Read More