|Language:||Middle Low German|
|Origin:||'course, way, track'|
the activity of buying, selling, or exchanging goods within a country or between countries [= commerce]
There has been a marked increase in trade between East and West.
international trade agreements
unfair trade practices
Trade in ivory has been banned since 1990.
the arms/drug/slave etc trade (=the buying and selling of weapons, drugs etc)➔ balance of trade, free trade
➔ trade warat war (3)
the business done by companies, hotels etc [↪ industry]:
Working on Saturdays is usual in the retail trade.
business activity, especially the amount of goods or products that are sold [= business]:
amount of business[uncountable] British English
A lot of pubs nowadays do most of their trade at lunchtimes.
passing trade (=customers who go into a shop when they are passing it, not regular customers)
Souvenir shops rely mainly on passing trade.
➔ do a roaring tradeat roaring (3)
an exchange of things[singular] American English
when you exchange something you have for something that someone else has:
Let's make a trade - my frisbee for your baseball.
when a player on a sports team is exchanged for a player from another team:
The Celtics star demanded a trade after talks with management broke down.
a particular kind of business, and the people who are involved in it:
I could get Ron to look at your car for you; he works in the trade.
a particular job, especially one needing special skill with your hands:
job/work[uncountable and countable]BO
Brian insisted that his sons learn a trade.
My grandfather was a plumber by trade (=that was his job).
tools of your trade (=the things that you need to do your job)