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verb trade pronunciation in British English /treɪd/ 
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he/she/ittrades
present participletrading
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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.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of trade
    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 shares in companies

      Lucent stock was heavily traded today.

      Synonyms and related words for this sense of trade
  2. 2
    [transitive] to exchange something that you have for something else
    trade something for something:

    They traded freedom for security.

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