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English noun: traffic

1. traffic (group) the aggregation of things (pedestrians or vehicles) coming and going in a particular locality during a specified period of time

Broader (hypernym)accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection

Narrower (hyponym)air traffic, commuter traffic, foot traffic, pedestrian traffic, vehicle traffic, vehicular traffic

2. traffic (act) buying and selling; especially illicit trade

Broader (hypernym)commerce, commercialism, mercantilism

Narrower (hyponym)barratry, drug traffic, drug trafficking, narcotraffic, simony, slave trade, slave traffic

3. traffic (communication) the amount of activity over a communication system during a given period of time

SamplesHeavy traffic overloaded the trunk lines.
Traffic on the internet is lightest during the night.

Broader (hypernym)communicating, communication

4. traffic (act) social or verbal interchange (usually followed by `with')


Broader (hypernym)give-and-take, interchange, reciprocation

Narrower (hyponym)relation

English verb: traffic

1. traffic (possession) deal illegally

SamplesTraffic drugs.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)merchandise, trade

Domain categorycrime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offence, offense

2. traffic (possession) trade or deal a commodity

SamplesThey trafficked with us for gold.

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

Broader (hypernym)merchandise, trade

Domain categorycommerce, commercialism, mercantilism

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