Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the skilled practice of a practical occupation
  2. (noun, act) the commercial exchange (buying and selling on domestic or international markets) of goods and services
    they are accused of conspiring to constrain trade
  3. (noun, act) the business given to a commercial establishment by its customers
  4. (noun, act) an equal exchange
  5. (noun, act) a particular instance of buying or selling
    I had no further trade with him
    he's a master of the business deal
  6. (noun, group) people who perform a particular kind of skilled work
    as they say in the trade
  7. (noun, phenomenon) steady winds blowing from east to west above and below the equator
  8. (verb, possession) do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood
    The brothers sell shoes
  9. (verb, possession) exchange or give (something) in exchange for
  10. (verb, possession) turn in as payment or part payment for a purchase
  11. (verb, possession) engage in the trade of
  12. (verb, stative) be traded at a certain price or under certain conditions

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Trade

  1. late 14c., "path, track, course of action," introduced by the Hanse merchants, from M.Du. or M.L.G. trade "track, course" (probably originally of a trading ship), cognate with O.E. tredan (see tread). Sense of "one's habitual business" (1540s) developed from the notion of "way, course, manner of life" (mid-15c.); sense of "buying and selling" is first recorded 155… more
  2. 1548, "to tread a path," from trade (n.). Meaning "to occupy oneself (in something)" is recorded from 1606. The U.S. sports team sense of "to exchange one player for another" is attested from 1899. To trade down is attested from 1942. Trade-in in ref. to used cars is recorded from 1917; trade-off "sacrifice of one benefit for another" is attested from 1961.… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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