trade


trade
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noun
1 buying/selling of goods/services
ADJECTIVE
booming, brisk, burgeoning, expanding, flourishing, lively, roaring, thriving

All around the pyramids, salespeople were doing a roaring trade in souvenirs.

increased
lucrative, profitable
cross-border, external, foreign, global, international, overseas, transatlantic, world
domestic, internal, interstate, regional
export, import, import-export
direct, indirect
free, liberalized
fair

The organization promotes fair trade with developing countries.

legal, legitimate
illegal, illicit

attempts to curb the illicit trade in exotic species

private
coastal, maritime
agricultural, commercial
merchandise, retail, wholesale

It has been a bad year for the retail trade.

book, fur, ivory, timber, wildlife, wine, etc.
sex, slave
drug, heroin, opium
tourist

the area's dependence on the tourist trade

evil (esp. BrE)

the evil trade in drugs

VERB + TRADE
conduct, do, engage in, ply

All manner of street sellers were plying their trade.

boost, build up, develop, expand, increase, promote

a bid to boost foreign trade

He built up a trade in seeds, corn and manure.

facilitate
damage, harm

A bitterly cold winter damaged industrial output and trade.

lose

The store has lost a day's trade.

ban, restrict
liberalize
control, govern, regulate
dominate

They already dominated the domestic trade in raw jute.

TRADE + VERB
boom, expand, flourish, grow, increase, pick up
decline, fall
TRADE + NOUN
balance, figures, performance, statistics
surplus
deficit, gap, imbalance
adjustment
barrier, blockade, boycott, embargo, restrictions, sanctions
tariff
dispute, war

The countries were locked in a trade war, refusing to allow imports of each other's goods.

liberalization
benefits, concessions
accord, agreement, deal, pact, protocol, treaty
negotiations, talks
cooperation, links, network, relations
partner
agenda, policy, practice

The US was accused of employing unfair trade practices.

law, legislation, regime, rules
bloc

The five countries formed a regional trade bloc.

delegation, mission

Several local companies took part in a trade mission to Spain.

commissioner, minister, negotiator, official, representative

talks between trade officials from the two countries

mark (usually trademark), name
promotion
exhibition, fair, show
centre/center
route

The road has been an important trade route since prehistoric times.

cycle

the boom and slump periods of a trade cycle

association, body, group, organization

the trade body representing water companies

directory
journal, magazine, paper, press, publication
information, secret

The employees were fired for divulging trade secrets to a competitor.

PREPOSITION
in a/the trade

She's in the wholesale fruit trade.

These flour sacks are known in the trade as ‘pockets’.

trade between

Trade between the Adriatic ports and their hinterland had grown.

trade in

Steps were taken to ban the trade in ivory.

trade with

The US has restricted trade with India.

2 job
ADJECTIVE
skilled
building

Work in the building trades became scarce.

VERB + TRADE
learn
carry on, exercise, follow, practise/practice

the tools needed to carry on a trade

PREPOSITION
by trade

She is a carpenter by trade.

PHRASES
a jack of all trades (= a person who can do many different types of work), the tricks of the trade

The experienced artisan would pass on the tricks of the trade to the apprentice.

{{Roman}}II.{{/Roman}}
verb
ADVERB
profitably, successfully
actively
openly

The company openly traded in arms.

publicly

publicly traded securities

widely
freely

He claimed that all businesses should be able to trade freely on Sundays.

directly
illegally
fairly
internationally
online
VERB + TRADE
continue to
cease to
PREPOSITION
as

They now trade as a partnership.

in

countries trading illegally in rhinoceros horn

with

Early explorers traded directly with the Indians.

PHRASES
cease trading, continue trading

The company has now ceased trading.

trade under the name (of) sth

The company trades under the name ‘Language Solutions’.

Trade is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑share
Trade is used with these nouns as the object: ↑car, ↑insult, ↑security, ↑stock

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • Trade — Trade, n. [Formerly, a path, OE. tred a footmark. See {Tread}, n. & v.] 1. A track; a trail; a way; a path; also, passage; travel; resort. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] A postern with a blind wicket there was, A common trade to pass through Priam s house …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Trade — Trade, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Traded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Trading}.] 1. 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Trade — Trade, v. t. To sell or exchange in commerce; to barter. [1913 Webster] They traded the persons of men. Ezek. xxvii. 13. [1913 Webster] To dicker and to swop, to trade rifles and watches. Cooper. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Trade — Trade, obs. imp. of {Tread}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • trade-in — rade in n. 1. an item of property, such as an automobile, that is given in part payment for a new one. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Trade — This article is about the economic mechanism. For other uses, see Trade (disambiguation). Purchase redirects here. For other uses, see Purchase (disambiguation) Trader in Germany, 16th century …   Wikipedia

  • trade — I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Middle Low German; akin to Old High German trata track, course, Old English tredan to tread Date: 14th century 1. a. obsolete a path traversed ; way b. archaic a track or trail left by a person or animal …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • trade — See: CARRIAGE TRADE, HORSE TRADE, TRICKS OF THE TRADE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • trade-in — {n.} Something given as part payment on something better. * /The dealer took our old car as a trade in./ Often used like an adjective. * /We cleaned up the car at trade in time./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • trade-in — {n.} Something given as part payment on something better. * /The dealer took our old car as a trade in./ Often used like an adjective. * /We cleaned up the car at trade in time./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • trade in — transitive verb Date: 1923 1. to turn in as payment or part payment for a purchase or bill < trade the old car in on a new one > 2. exchange 2 …   New Collegiate Dictionary


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