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Trade appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Trade bad DA bed art.
  • Trade meets esteemed art.
  • Trade ye no mere moneyed art.
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Usage statistics for the noun trade:

spoken English38.3%written English61.7% conversational speech8.37%task-oriented speech91.63% imaginative writing11.99%informational writing88.01%
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The word trade is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun trade

What does trade mean as a name of something?

Trade is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 1000 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: trades

  1. the commercial exchange (buying and selling on domestic or international markets) of goods and services
    • examples: Venice was an important center of trade with the East | they are accused of conspiring to constrain trade
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: commerce / commercialism / mercantilism = transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities
    • more specific terms:
      • fair trade = trade that is conducted legally
      • fair trade = trade that satisfies certain criteria on the supply chain of the goods involved, usually including fair payment for producers
      • free trade = international trade free of government interference
  2. the skilled practice of a practical occupation
  3. the business given to a commercial establishment by its customers
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of trade: patronage
    • more generic word: business = the volume of commercial activity
    • more specific word: custom = habitual patronage
  4. a particular instance of buying or selling
    • example: I had no further trade with him
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of trade: business deal / deal
    • more generic words: dealing / dealings / transaction = the act of transacting within or between groups
    • more specific terms:
  5. people who perform a particular kind of skilled work
  6. steady winds blowing from east to west above and below the equator
  7. an equal exchange

Alternative definition of the noun trade


  1. [uncountable, UK] The commercial buying and selling of goods and services.
  2. [uncountable] International buying and selling of goods and services.
  3. [countable] Those who perform a particular kind of skilled work.
  4. [countable] Those engaged in an industry or group of related industries.
  5. [countable] The skilled practice of a practical occupation.
  6. [countable] A particular instance of buying or selling.
  7. [countable] An instance of bartering items in exchange for one another.
  8. [uncountable, UK] The business given to a commercial establishment by its customers.
  9. [context: only as plural] Steady winds blowing from east to west above and below the equator.
  10. [context: only as plural] A publication intended for participants in an industry or related group of industries.
  11. [uncountable, LGBT, slang] A brief sexual encounter.

Definition of the adjective trade

What does trade mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: trader |

  1. relating to or used in or intended for trade or commerce;

Definition of the verb trade

What does trade mean as a doing word?

Trade is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: traded | trading | trades

  1. engage in the trade of
  2. turn in as payment or part payment for a purchase
    • example: trade in an old car for a new one
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]She exchanged her purchase
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, plural] with [Recipient]Cathay is swapping equity stakes with the U.S. carrier
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme 1] for [Theme 2]Gwen exchanged the dress for a shirt
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Locative Preposition] [Theme, plural]He swapped between the two
      [Agent - being or organization, plural] [Verb] [Theme, plural]Twenty couples exchanged rings
      [Theme, plural] [Verb] [Location]The bells traded places
      [Theme 1] [Verb] [Location] with [Theme 2]One bell can swap places with another

      Verbs of Change of Possession (with the same syntax): change, exchange, switch.

    • domain: commerce / commercialism / mercantilism
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonym of trade: trade in
    • more generic words: change / exchange / interchange = give to, and receive from, one another
    • more specific term: barter away = trade in in a bartering transaction
  3. be traded at a certain price or under certain conditions
    • example: The stock traded around $20 a share
    • domain: commerce / commercialism / mercantilism
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic word: sell = be sold at a certain price or in a certain way
    • more specific word: close = be priced or listed when trading stops
  4. exchange or give (something) in exchange for
  5. do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood


  1. "Trade" is a 2007 American film directed by Marco Kreuzpaintner and starring Kevin Kline. It was produced by Roland Emmerich and Rosilyn Heller. The film premiered January 23, 2007 at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and opened in limited release on September 28, 2007. It is based on Peter Landesman's article "The Girls Next Door" about sex slaves, which was featured as the cover story in the January 24, 2004 issue of The New York Times Magazine.
  2. "Trade" is a film, directed by John Bruno.
  3. "Trade" a.k.a. "Huyhuy" is a short film, directed by Sky Hopinka and written by Myron Lameman & Sky Hopinka.
  4. "Trade" is a film.
  5. "Trade" a.k.a. "Trade - Commerce" is a 1997 short animated film directed by Kireet Khurana.

Phrases with Trade

Phrases starting with the word Trade:

  1. trade in
  2. Trade Up
  3. trade-in
  4. trade gap
  5. trade rat
  6. Trade war
  7. trade-off
  8. trade bill
  9. trade book
  10. Trade card
  11. Trade Down
  12. Trade fair
  13. trade good

Phrases ending with the word Trade:

  1. E-Trade
  2. By Trade
  3. to trade
  4. Day Trade
  5. rag trade
  6. fair trade
  7. free trade

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Trade

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Google previewUnited States Shipping in Transpacific Trade 1922-1938

International trade is the lifeblood of the shipping industry.

Google previewCanada Among Nations, 1990-91 (1991)

After the Cold War by Fen Osler Hampson, Christopher J. Maule

because international trade is the most effective means of achieving and sustaining substantial rates of economic growth .

Google previewHandbook of the International Political Economy of Trade (2014)

by David Deese

Trade is the area of international political economy (IPE) that is monitored the most directly by key actors, both public and private, from individuals to the global trade regime. It carries with it profound questions and issues about property rights ...

Google previewMarket Microstructure in Emerging and Developed Markets (2013)

by H. Kent Baker, Halil Kiymaz

Defining whether the trade is a single small transaction; a single large transaction , called a block trade; or a series of transactions is important. Because the latter two cases can substantially affect the equilibrium price, investors trying to ...

Google previewEssentials of Economics (2016)

by CTI Reviews

Free trade is a policy in international markets in which governments do not restrict imports or exports. Free trade is...

International trade is the exchange of capital, goods, and services across international borders or territories. In most countries ...

Google previewJane Austen in the Context of Abolition (2005)

'a fling at the slave trade' by G. White

The slave trade is a guilty one, whereas governess-trade is not, or not particularly , however otherwise undesirable. (One has had to work this out as a consequence of the two trades being widely different certainly as to the guilt of those who ...

Google previewThe Gold Cartel (2013)

Government Intervention on Gold, the Mega Bubble in Paper, and What This Means for Your Future by D. Speck

A carry trade is an interest differential business, which consists of borrowing money in a low-yielding currency for the sole reason of investing the proceeds...

The gold carry trade is a comparable business; only the loan is denominated in gold.

Google previewPersonal Finance: An Encyclopedia of Modern Money Management (2015)

An Encyclopedia of Modern Money Management by Barbara Friedberg

International trade is an important way to increase the economic productivity of a country and its population. Consumers...

A potential problem with international trade is the tariffs and other barriers that make global commerce expensive.

Google previewDictionary of International Trade Law, 3rd Edition (2015) (2015)

by Raj Bhala

Like the globally acclaimed book, International Trade Law: An Interdisciplinary, Non-Western Textbook, the Dictionary enjoys both legal and non-legal audiences.

Google previewA General Dictionary of Commerce, Trade, and Manufactures (1810)

Exhibiting Their Present State in Every Part of the World; and Carefully Comp. from the Latest and Best Authorities by Thomas Mortimer

It can scarcely be necessary to observe, that such a publication as the present must, in every point of view, prove a desideratum in a country which has latterly absorbed the trade of the world, and which may be denominated the source of all ...

Google previewDictionarium Rusticum, Urbanicum & Botanicum: Or, A Dictionary of Husbandry, Gardening, Trade, Commerce, and All Sorts of Country-affairs (1726)

by Nathan Bailey, John Worlidge

O R, A Dicrony Husbandry, Gardening, Trade, Commerce, And all Sorts of COUNTRY AFFAIRS V o L U M E II. Illustrated with a great Number of CUT T s. 7he TH 1 R p E protos, Revised, Corretted and Improved; With the Addition of above ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of International Political Economy (2002)

by R. J. Barry Jones

It may be more likely through free trade at a regional level, such as within the European Union, which has seen convergence in wage levels with very limited intra-European labour mobility (Tovias, 1982). Reference and further reading Leamer ...

Google previewDictionary of International Banking and Finance Terms (2001)

by John Owen Edward Clark

trade Business of buying and selling in general. In the USA, a trade ...

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Usage statistics about trade

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun trade:

spoken English38.3%written English61.7% conversational speech8.37%task-oriented speech91.63% imaginative writing11.99%informational writing88.01%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun trade:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb trade:


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Classroom Management Tricks of the Trade: Sign Language

An educator shares his classroom management trick of the trade. To see more ideas and share your own, please visit the Edutopia website: ...

Quotes about Trade

Instead of trade policy that is beneficial to American businesses and workers as well as our trade partners, we have a flawed trade policy that hurts all parties. (Stephen F. Lynch)
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Scrabble value of T1R1A1D2E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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