trade
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Middle Low German; akin to Old High German trata track, course, Old English tredan to tread Date: 14th century 1. a. obsolete a path traversed ; way b. archaic a track or trail left by a person or animal ; tread 1 2. a customary course of action ; practice <
thy sin's not accidental, but a trade — Shakespeare
>
3. a. the business or work in which one engages regularly ; occupation b. an occupation requiring manual or mechanical skill ; craft c. the persons engaged in an occupation, business, or industry 4. a. obsolete dealings between persons or groups b. (1) the business of buying and selling or bartering commodities ; commerce (2) business, market <
novelties for the tourist trade
>
<
did a good trade in small appliances
>
5. a. an act or instance of trading ; transaction; also an exchange of property usually without use of money b. a firm's customers ; clientele c. the group of firms engaged in a business or industry 6. trade wind — usually used in plural 7. a publication intended for persons in the entertainment business — usually used in plural Synonyms: see business II. verb (traded; trading) Date: 1553 intransitive verb 1. obsolete to have dealings ; negotiate 2. a. to engage in the exchange, purchase, or sale of goods b. to make one's purchases ; shop <
trades at his store
>
3. to give one thing in exchange for another 4. sell 3 transitive verb 1. archaic to do business with 2. a. to give in exchange for another commodity ; barter; also to make an exchange of <
traded places
>
b. to engage in frequent buying and selling of (as stocks or commodities) usually in search of quick profits • tradable also tradeable adjective III. adjective Date: 1633 1. of, relating to, or used in trade 2. a. intended for or limited to persons in a business or industry <
a trade publication
>
<
trade sales
>
b. serving others in the same business rather than the ultimate user or consumer <
a trade printing house
>
3. (also trades) of, composed of, or representing the trades or trade unions <
a trade committee
>
4. having a larger softcover format than that of a mass-market paperback and usually sold only in bookstores <
trade paperbacks
>
; also of or relating to the publishing of such books

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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