"trades" in the noun sense
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"
2. trade, craft
the skilled practice of a practical occupation
"he learned his trade as an apprentice"
3. trade, patronage
the business given to a commercial establishment by its customers
"even before noon there was a considerable patronage"
4. deal, trade, business deal
a particular instance of buying or selling
"it was a package deal"
"I had no further trade with him"
"he's a master of the business deal"
5. craft, trade
people who perform a particular kind of skilled work
"he represented the craft of brewers"
"as they say in the trade"
6. trade wind, trade
steady winds blowing from east to west above and below the equator
"they rode the trade winds going west"
7. barter, swap, swop, trade
an equal exchange
"we had no money so we had to live by barter"
"trades" in the verb sense
1. trade, merchandise
engage in the trade of
"he is merchandising telephone sets"
2. trade, trade in
turn in as payment or part payment for a purchase
"trade in an old car for a new one"
be traded at a certain price or under certain conditions
"The stock traded around $20 a share"
4. trade, swap, swop, switch
exchange or give (something) in exchange for
5. deal, sell, trade
do business offer for sale as for one's livelihood
"She deals in gold"
"The brothers sell shoes"
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