trade2 S3 W3
1 [intransitive and transitive]
to buy and sell goods, services etc as your job or business
India began trading with Europe in the 15th and 16th centuries.
The company trades in silk, tea, and other items.
They had to travel into town to trade the produce from their farm.
2 [intransitive] British English
to exist and operate as a business:
The firm now trades under the name Lanski and Weber.
cease trading (=stop being a business because you are bankrupt)
3 [transitive usually passive]BFS
to buy or sell something on the stock exchange:
Over a million shares were traded today.
to insult or hit each other during an argument or fight
5 [intransitive and transitive] especially American English
to exchange something you have for something someone else has [= swap British English]
We traded necklaces.
trade something with somebody
I wouldn't mind trading jobs with her.
trade (somebody) something for something
I'll trade you my camera for your drill.
trade at somethingphrasal verb
trade downphrasal verb
trade down to
Many of their customers are trading down to cheaper cigarettes.
trade something ↔ inphrasal verb
trade something ↔ in for
He traded his old car in for a new model.
trade something ↔ offphrasal verb
trade something ↔ off for/against
Companies are under pressure to trade off price stability for short-term gains.
trade on/upon somethingphrasal verb
If you ask me, they're just trading on Sam's good nature.
trade upphrasal verb
trade up to/from
It also encourages existing home owners to trade up to larger accommodation.