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trade

noun (BUSINESS)    /treɪd/
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.Industry and industrial processesBusiness and commerce - general words 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.Jobs, careers and professionsWorking 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.Businesses and enterprises
(Definition of trade noun (BUSINESS) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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