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trade (n.)

late 14c., "path, track, course of action," introduced by the Hanse merchants, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German trade "track, course" (probably originally of a ship), cognate with Old English tredan (see tread (v.)).

Sense of "one's habitual business" (1540s) developed from the notion of "way, course, manner of life" (mid-15c.); sense of "buying and selling, exchange of commodities" is from 1550s. Meaning "act of trading" is from 1829. Trade-name is from 1821; trade-route is from 1873; trade-war is from 1899. Trade union is attested from 1831. Trade wind (1640s) has nothing to do with commerce, but preserves the obsolete sense of "in a habitual or regular course."

trade (v.)

1540s, "to tread a path," from trade (n.). Meaning "to occupy oneself (in something)" is recorded from c. 1600. Meaning "to barter" is by 1793. The U.S. sports team sense of "to exchange one player for another" is attested from 1899. Related: Traded; trading. To trade down is attested from 1942; trade up from 1959. Trade places "exchange situations" is from 1917. Trading post is recorded from 1796. Trading stamp, given by merchants and exchangeable for goods, is from 1897.

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Definitions of trade
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trade (n.)
the commercial exchange (buying and selling on domestic or international markets) of goods and services;
Venice was an important center of trade with the East
they are accused of conspiring to constrain trade
trade (n.)
the skilled practice of a practical occupation;
he learned his trade as an apprentice
Synonyms: craft
trade (n.)
the business given to a commercial establishment by its customers;
Synonyms: patronage
trade (n.)
a particular instance of buying or selling;
I had no further trade with him
Synonyms: deal / business deal
trade (n.)
people who perform a particular kind of skilled work;
as they say in the trade
Synonyms: craft
trade (n.)
steady winds blowing from east to west above and below the equator;
they rode the trade winds going west
Synonyms: trade wind
trade (n.)
an equal exchange;
Synonyms: barter / swap / swop
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trade (v.)
engage in the trade of;
Synonyms: merchandise
trade (v.)
turn in as payment or part payment for a purchase;
trade in an old car for a new one
Synonyms: trade in
trade (v.)
be traded at a certain price or under certain conditions;
The stock traded around $20 a share
trade (v.)
exchange or give (something) in exchange for;
Synonyms: swap / swop / switch
trade (v.)
do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood;
Synonyms: deal / sell
From wordnet.princeton.edu