trade - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [uncountable] business the activities of buying and selling goods or services

    The two leaders signed agreements on trade and sporting links.

    trade with:

    Spain wants to develop its trade with the Philippines.

    1. a.
      [singular] the amount of goods or services that a business buys and sells
      a roaring trade (=a very good trade):

      Butchers are doing a roaring trade in spiced sausages these days.

  2. 2
    [countable] a particular area of business or industry

    the book/drug/jewellery trade

    1. b.
      [countable] a job or type of work that someone is trained to do

      He learned his trade in the 1960s.

  3. 3
    [countable] mainly American the exchange of one thing for another, usually of the same value
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