A broker is someone who buys or sells for someone else for a commission. You may go to a real estate company to get a broker to help you buy a house.

In Middle English broker meant "peddler or retailer." Nowadays a broker still sells things — but she's acting as an agent making deals for someone else and collecting a commission for all that work. Used as a verb, broker means to arrange a deal or negotiate. Working for an advisory firm, a broker may convince you to invest in a company — so the broker would broker a business deal.

Definitions of broker

n a businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission

agent, factor
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an agent who conducts an auction
general agent, insurance agent, insurance broker, underwriter
an agent who sells insurance
investment banker, underwriter
a banker who deals chiefly in underwriting new securities
estate agent, house agent, land agent, real estate agent, real estate broker
a person who is authorized to act as an agent for the sale of land
ship broker
an agent for the ship owner; obtains cargo and may arrange for its loading or discharge
an agent in the buying and selling of stocks and bonds
one appointed to represent a city or university or corporation in business transactions
travel agent
someone who sells or arranges trips or tours for customers
killer bee
an investment banker who devises strategies to make a target company less attractive for takeover
a real estate agent who is a member of the National Association of Realtors
Type of:
bourgeois, businessperson
a capitalist who engages in industrial commercial enterprise

v act as a broker

Type of:
negociate, negotiate, talk terms
discuss the terms of an arrangement

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