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verb trade pronunciation in American English /treɪd/
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present participletrading
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past participletraded
  1. 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.
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    1. a.
      [intransitive] to operate as a business
      The two businesses will continue to trade under their original name.
    2. b.
      [intransitive/transitive] to buy or sell stocks
      Lucent stock was heavily traded today.
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  2. 2
    [transitive] to exchange something that you have for something else
    trade something for something: Tony traded his computer for a bike.
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    1. a.
      American to exchange a sports player from one team for a player from another team
      He was traded to Kansas City in 1993.



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