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noun formal     transaction pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    [countable] the action or process of buying or selling something

    She had been involved in several suspicious transactions.

    financial/commercial/business transaction:

    The sale of goods is the most common form of commercial transaction.

    enter into/engage in a transaction:

    Investors feel the company is entering into too many risky transactions.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] the process or activity of doing something, usually something related to business
    transaction of:

    the transaction of business/loans

  3. 3
    [countable] very formal a discussion between two or more people at a meeting


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a way of doing business that involves recruiting large numbers of people who work for themselves using the company's platform, as used by companies such as Uber, Deliveroo and the like

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