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English noun: trade

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

SamplesVenice was an important center of trade with the East.
They are accused of conspiring to constrain trade.

Broader (hypernym)commerce, commercialism, mercantilism

Narrower (hyponym)fair trade, fair trade, free trade

Domain category membersprotect

2. trade (act) the skilled practice of a practical occupation

SamplesHe learned his trade as an apprentice.


Broader (hypernym)business, job, line, line of work, occupation

Narrower (hyponym)airplane mechanics, auto mechanics, basketry, carpentry, cobbling, drafting, dressmaking, electrical work, handicraft, house painting, interior decoration, interior design, lumbering, masonry, mechanical drawing, mintage, oculism, painting, papermaking, pilotage, piloting, plumbery, plumbing, pottery, pyrotechnics, pyrotechny, roofing, sheet-metal work, shingling, shoe repairing, shoemaking, tailoring, tanning, tool-and-die work, typography, undertaking, upholstery, wine making, winemaking, woodwork, woodworking

3. trade (act) the business given to a commercial establishment by its customers

SamplesEven before noon there was a considerable patronage.


Broader (hypernym)business

Narrower (hyponym)custom

4. trade (act) a particular instance of buying or selling

SamplesIt was a package deal.
I had no further trade with him.
He's a master of the business deal.

Synonymsbusiness deal, deal

Broader (hypernym)dealing, dealings, transaction

Narrower (hyponym)arms deal, penny ante

5. trade (group) people who perform a particular kind of skilled work

SamplesHe represented the craft of brewers.
As they say in the trade.


Broader (hypernym)class, social class, socio-economic class, stratum

6. trade (phenomenon) steady winds blowing from east to west above and below the equator

SamplesThey rode the trade winds going west.

Synonymstrade wind

Broader (hypernym)prevailing wind

7. trade (act) an equal exchange

SamplesWe had no money so we had to live by barter.

Synonymsbarter, swap, swop

Broader (hypernym)exchange, interchange

Narrower (hyponym)horse trade, horse trading

English verb: trade

1. trade (possession) engage in the trade of

SamplesHe is merchandising telephone sets.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)arbitrage, black market, export, import, market, run, traffic, traffic

Entailbuy, purchase, sell

Domain categorycommerce, commercialism, mercantilism

2. trade (possession) turn in as payment or part payment for a purchase

SamplesTrade in an old car for a new one.

Synonymstrade in

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)change, exchange, interchange

Narrower (hyponym)barter away

Domain categorycommerce, commercialism, mercantilism

3. trade (stative) be traded at a certain price or under certain conditions

SamplesThe stock traded around $20 a share.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)sell

Narrower (hyponym)close

Domain categorycommerce, commercialism, mercantilism

4. trade (possession) exchange or give (something) in exchange for

ExamplesThey trade the tourists their cars

Synonymsswap, switch, swop

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)change, exchange, interchange

5. trade (possession) do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood

SamplesShe deals in gold.
The brothers sell shoes.

Synonymsdeal, sell

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)transact

Narrower (hyponym)black marketeer, deal, hawk, huckster, market, monger, peddle, pitch, push, pyramid, vend

Verb groupdeal, sell

Domain categorycommerce, commercialism, mercantilism

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