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TRADE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does trade mean? 

TRADE (noun)
  The noun TRADE has 7 senses:

1. the commercial exchange (buying and selling on domestic or international markets) of goods and services
2. people who perform a particular kind of skilled work
3. an equal exchange
4. the skilled practice of a practical occupation
5. a particular instance of buying or selling
6. the business given to a commercial establishment by its customers
7. steady winds blowing from east to west above and below the equator

  Familiarity information: TRADE used as a noun is common.


TRADE (verb)
  The verb TRADE has 5 senses:

1. engage in the trade of
2. turn in as payment or part payment for a purchase
3. be traded at a certain price or under certain conditions
4. exchange or give (something) in exchange for
5. do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood

  Familiarity information: TRADE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


TRADE (noun)


Sense 1trade [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The commercial exchange (buying and selling on domestic or international markets) of goods and services

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context examples:

Venice was an important center of trade with the East / they are accused of conspiring to constrain trade

Hypernyms ("trade" is a kind of...):

commerce; commercialism; mercantilism (transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services))

Domain member category:

protect (use tariffs to favor domestic industry)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "trade"):

fair trade (trade that is conducted legally)

free trade (international trade free of government interference)


Sense 2trade [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

People who perform a particular kind of skilled work

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

trade; craft

Context examples:

he represented the craft of brewers / as they say in the trade

Hypernyms ("trade" is a kind of...):

class; social class; socio-economic class (people having the same social or economic status)


Sense 3trade [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An equal exchange

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

swop; swap; barter; trade

Context example:

we had no money so we had to live by barter

Hypernyms ("trade" is a kind of...):

exchange; interchange (reciprocal transfer of equivalent sums of money especially the currencies of different countries)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "trade"):

horse trade; horse trading (the swapping of horses (accompanied by much bargaining))


Sense 4trade [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The skilled practice of a practical occupation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

craft; trade

Context example:

he learned his trade as an apprentice

Hypernyms ("trade" is a kind of...):

business; job; line; line of work; occupation (the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "trade"):

winemaking (the craft and science of growing grapes and making wine)

pyrotechnics; pyrotechny (the craft of making fireworks)

cobbling; shoe repairing; shoemaking (the shoemaker's trade)

roofing (the craft of a roofer)

sheet-metal work (the craft of doing sheet metal work (as in ventilation systems))

shingling (the laying on of shingles)

tailoring (the occupation of a tailor)

tool-and-die work (the craft of making special tools and dies)

handicraft (a craft that requires skillful hands)

mintage (act or process of minting coins)

tanning (making leather from rawhide)

typography (the craft of composing type and printing from it)

undertaking (the trade of a funeral director)

upholstery (the craft of upholstering)

pottery (the craft of making earthenware)

plumbery; plumbing (the occupation of a plumber (installing and repairing pipes and fixtures for water or gas or sewage in a building))

airplane mechanics (the craft of building and repairing airplanes)

auto mechanics (the craft of building and repairing automobiles)

basketry (the craft of basket making)

carpentry; woodwork; woodworking (the craft of a carpenter: making things out of wood)

drafting; mechanical drawing (the craft of drawing blueprints)

dressmaking (the craft of making dresses)

electrical work (the craft of an electrician)

interior decoration; interior design (the trade of planning the layout and furnishings of an architectural interior)

pilotage; piloting (the occupation of a pilot)

papermaking (the craft of making paper)

house painting; painting (the occupation of a house painter)

oculism (the craft of an oculist)

masonry (the craft of a mason)

lumbering (the trade of cutting or preparing or selling timber)


Sense 5trade [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A particular instance of buying or selling

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

business deal; deal; trade

Context examples:

it was a package deal / I had no further trade with him / he's a master of the business deal

Hypernyms ("trade" is a kind of...):

dealing; dealings; transaction (the act of transacting within or between groups (as carrying on commercial activities))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "trade"):

arms deal (a deal to provide military arms)

penny ante (a business deal on a trivial scale)


Sense 6trade [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The business given to a commercial establishment by its customers

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

patronage; trade

Context example:

even before noon there was a considerable patronage

Hypernyms ("trade" is a kind of...):

business (the volume of commercial activity)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "trade"):

custom (habitual patronage)


Sense 7trade [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Steady winds blowing from east to west above and below the equator

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Synonyms:

trade wind; trade

Context example:

they rode the trade winds going west

Hypernyms ("trade" is a kind of...):

prevailing wind (the predominant wind direction)


TRADE (verb)


Sense 1trade [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Engage in the trade of

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

merchandise; trade

Context example:

he is merchandising telephone sets

"Trade" entails doing...:

buy; purchase (obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction)

sell (exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent)

Domain category:

commerce; commercialism; mercantilism (transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "trade"):

black market; run (deal in illegally, such as arms or liquor)

traffic (trade or deal a commodity)

arbitrage (practice arbitrage, as in the stock market)

traffic (deal illegally)

market (engage in the commercial promotion, sale, or distribution of)

import (bring in from abroad)

export (sell or transfer abroad)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2trade [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Turn in as payment or part payment for a purchase

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

trade in; trade

Context example:

trade in an old car for a new one

Hypernyms (to "trade" is one way to...):

change; exchange; interchange (give to, and receive from, one another)

Domain category:

commerce; commercialism; mercantilism (transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "trade"):

barter away (trade in in a bartering transaction)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 3trade [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be traded at a certain price or under certain conditions

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context example:

The stock traded around $20 a share

Hypernyms (to "trade" is one way to...):

sell (be sold at a certain price or in a certain way)

Domain category:

commerce; commercialism; mercantilism (transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "trade"):

close (be priced or listed when trading stops)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP


Sense 4trade [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Exchange or give (something) in exchange for

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

swop; swap; switch; trade

Hypernyms (to "trade" is one way to...):

change; exchange; interchange (give to, and receive from, one another)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP

Sentence example:

They trade the tourists their cars


Sense 5trade [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

sell; trade; deal

Context examples:

She deals in gold / The brothers sell shoes

Hypernyms (to "trade" is one way to...):

transact (conduct business)

Domain category:

commerce; commercialism; mercantilism (transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "trade"):

push (sell or promote the sale of (illegal goods such as drugs))

deal (sell)

black marketeer (deal on the black market)

pyramid (use or deal in (as of stock or commercial transaction) in a pyramid deal)

market (deal in a market)

hawk; huckster; monger; peddle; pitch; vend (sell or offer for sale from place to place)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s PP


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