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Definition of Trade


  1. A track; a trail; a way; a path; also, passage; travel; resort.
  2. Course; custom; practice; occupation; employment.
  3. Business of any kind; matter of mutual consideration; affair; dealing.
  4. Specifically: The act or business of exchanging commodities by barter, or by buying and selling for money; commerce; traffic; barter.
  5. The business which a person has learned, and which he engages in, for procuring subsistence, or for profit; occupation; especially, mechanical employment as distinguished from the liberal arts, the learned professions, and agriculture; as, we speak of the trade of a smith, of a carpenter, or mason, but not now of the trade of a farmer, or a lawyer, or a physician.
  6. Instruments of any occupation.
  7. A company of men engaged in the same occupation; thus, booksellers and publishers speak of the customs of the trade, and are collectively designated as the trade.
  8. The trade winds.
  9. Refuse or rubbish from a mine.
  10. To barter, or to buy and sell; to be engaged in the exchange, purchase, or sale of goods, wares, merchandise, or anything else; to traffic; to bargain; to carry on commerce as a business.
  11. To buy and sell or exchange property in a single instance.
  12. To have dealings; to be concerned or associated; -- usually followed by with.
  13. To sell or exchange in commerce; to barter.
  14. imp. of Tread.

Trade Quotations

The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask.
Jim Morrison

I have never known much good done by those who affected to trade for the public good.
Adam Smith

Skill is successfully walking a tightrope between the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center. Intelligence is not trying.
Marilyn vos Savant

Every man should make his son or daughter learn some useful trade or profession, so that in these days of changing fortunes of being rich today and poor tomorrow they may have something tangible to fall back upon. This provision might save many persons from misery, who by some unexpected turn of fortune have lost all their means.
P. T. Barnum

The World Trade Center is a living symbol of man's dedication to world peace... a representation of man's belief in humanity, his need for individual dignity, his beliefs in the cooperation of men, and, through cooperation, his ability to find greatness.
Minoru Yamasaki
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Trade Translations

trade in Afrikaans is beroep, handel
trade in Danish is handel, handle, stilling
trade in Dutch is handelen, handel drijven
trade in Finnish is kauppa
trade in Italian is impresa, arte, ramo di commercio, commercio
trade in Latin is fabrica
trade in Norwegian is forretning
trade in Spanish is quehacer, comercio
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