(noun, verb)


1. the commercial exchange (buying and selling on domestic or international markets) of goods and services

- Venice was an important center of trade with the East

- they are accused of conspiring to constrain trade

Definition categories: act, commerce, commercialism, mercantilism

2. the skilled practice of a practical occupation

- he learned his trade as an apprentice

Similar word(s): craft

Definition categories: act, business, job, line, occupation

3. the business given to a commercial establishment by its customers

Similar word(s): patronage

Definition categories: act, business

4. a particular instance of buying or selling

- I had no further trade with him

Similar word(s): deal

Definition categories: act, dealing, dealings, transaction

5. people who perform a particular kind of skilled work

- as they say in the trade

Similar word(s): craft

Definition categories: group, class, stratum

6. steady winds blowing from east to west above and below the equator

- they rode the trade winds going west

Definition categories: phenomenon

7. an equal exchange

Similar word(s): barter, swap, swop

Definition categories: act, exchange, interchange

Sentences with trade as a noun:

- I did no trades with them once the rumors started.

- The skilled trades were the first to organize modern labor unions.

- It is not a retail showroom. It is only for the trade.

- Even before noon there was considerable trade.


1. engage in the trade of

Similar word(s): merchandise

Definition categories: possession

2. turn in as payment or part payment for a purchase

- trade in an old car for a new one

Definition categories: possession, change, exchange, interchange

3. be traded at a certain price or under certain conditions

- The stock traded around $20 a share

Definition categories: stative, sell

4. exchange or give (something) in exchange for

Similar word(s): swap, switch, swop

Definition categories: possession, change, exchange, interchange

5. do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood

Similar word(s): trade, deal, sell

Definition categories: possession, transact

Sentences with trade as a verb:

- This company trades in precious metal.

- Will you trade your precious watch for my earring?