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noun trade pronunciation in American English /treɪd/
Word Forms
  1. 1
    [uncountable] business the activities of buying and selling goods or services
    The two leaders signed agreements on trade and cultural links.
    trade in: Global trade in manufactured goods has increased dramatically.
    trade with: Spain wants to develop its trade with the Philippines.
    1. 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.
    2. c.
  2. 3
    [countable] a particular area of business or industry
    the book/drug/jewelry trade
    1. a.
      [singular/uncountable] the people or companies who work in a particular business or industry
      We are wholesale dealers and we only sell to the trade.
    2. b.
      [countable] a job or type of work that someone is trained to do
      He learned his trade in the 1960s.


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