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verb trade pronunciation in American English /treɪd/
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present tense
present participletrading
past tensetraded
past participletraded
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  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.

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

    Tony traded his computer for a bike.

    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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