Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

traffic - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

verb [intransitive] traffic pronunciation in British English /ˈtræfɪk/
Word Forms
present tense
present participletrafficking
past tensetrafficked
past participletrafficked
  1. to buy and sell things such as drugs or weapons illegally
    traffic in:

    He was tried and convicted for trafficking in illegal drugs.

    1. a.
      to move people illegally and force them to work for little or no money because they have no rights
      be trafficked into:

      Children living in the slums are at risk of being trafficked into prostitution.


sea lion

in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day


to teach someone

Open Dictionary


an electric skateboard

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play