Trade, also called goods exchange economy, is the transfer the ownership of goods from one person or entity to another by getting something in exchange from the buyer. Trade is sometimes loosely called commerce or financial transaction or barter. A network that allows trade is called a market. The original form of trade was barter, the direct exchange of goods and services. Later one side of the barter were the metals, precious metals, bill, paper money. Modern traders instead generally negotiate through a medium of exchange, such as money. As a result, buying can be separated from selling, or earning. The invention of money ...

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  1. Buying and selling of goods and services on a market.
  2. A particular instance of buying or selling.
    I did no trades with them once the rumors started.
  3. An instance of bartering items in exchange for one another.
  4. Those who perform a particular kind of skilled work.
    The skilled trades were the first to organize modern labor unions.
  5. Those engaged in an industry or group of related industries.
    It is not a retail showroom. It is only for the trade.
  6. The skilled practice of a practical occupation.
    He learned his trade as an apprentice.
  7. The business given to a commercial establishment by its customers.
    Even before noon there was considerable trade.
  8. Steady winds blowing from east to west above and below the equator.
    They rode the trades going west.
  9. A publication intended for participants in an industry or related group of industries.
    Rumors about layoffs are all over the trades.
  10. A brief sexual encounter.
    Josh picked up some trade last night.
  11. Instruments of any occupation.
  12. Refuse or rubbish from a mine.
  13. A track or trail; a way; a path; passage.
  14. Course; custom; practice; occupation.


  1. To engage in trade
    This company trades in precious metal.
  2. To be traded at a certain price or under certain conditions.
  3. To give (something) in exchange for.
    Will you trade your precious watch for my earring?
  4. To do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood.
  5. To have dealings; to be concerned or associated (with).

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