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I UK [treɪd] / US noun
Word forms "trade":
singular trade plural trades
1) [uncountable] business the activities of buying and selling goods or services

The two leaders signed agreements on trade and sporting links.

trade in:

Global trade in manufactured goods has increased dramatically.

trade with:

Spain wants to develop its trade with the Philippines.

a) [singular] the amount of goods or services that a business buys and sells
a roaring trade (= a very good trade):

Butchers are doing a roaring trade in spiced sausages these days.

b) [countable] the activity of buying and selling shares in companies
c) [only before noun] relating to the activities of buying and selling goods or services

a trade accord/agreement/dispute

2) [countable] a particular area of business or industry

the book/drug/jewellery trade

a) [singular/uncountable] the people or companies who work in a particular business or industry

The trade could do more to help its workers.

b) [countable] a job or type of work that someone is trained to do

He learned his trade in the 1960s.

3) [countable] mainly American the exchange of one thing for another, usually of the same value

II UK [treɪd] / US verb
Word forms "trade":
present tense I/you/we/they trade he/she/it trades present participle trading past tense traded past participle traded
1) [intransitive] business to buy or sell goods or services
trade in:

Stan trades in fossils from many countries.

trade with:

We need to trade with Eastern Europe more.

a) [intransitive] to operate as a business

The two businesses will continue to trade under their original name.

b) [intransitive/transitive] to buy or sell shares in companies

Lucent stock was heavily traded today.

2) [transitive] to exchange something that you have for something else
trade something for something:

They traded freedom for security.

trade blows/insults — if people trade blows or insults, they hit or insult each other

The couple frequently argue and trade insults.

Phrasal verbs:

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