trade

When Bobby has peanut butter but wants bologna and Billy has bologna but wants peanut butter––they can make a trade. Trade also means a set of job skills––to learn a trade means to train for a certain job.

The concept of trading––or bartering––forms the basis of modern civilization––it brings along division of labor, literacy, urbanization. Thinking in those terms you can see how tradespeople––those trained in trades end up essentially trading their services, with money being introduced when the barter system breaks down or becomes too complex.

Definitions of trade
  1. noun
    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
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    fair trade
    trade that is conducted legally
    fair trade
    trade that satisfies certain criteria on the supply chain of the goods involved, usually including fair payment for producers; often with other social and environmental considerations
    free trade
    international trade free of government interference
    NAFTA, North American Free Trade Agreement
    an agreement for free trade between the United States and Canada and Mexico; became effective in 1994 for ten years
    type of:
    commerce, commercialism, mercantilism
    transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services)
  2. noun
    a particular instance of buying or selling
    “I had no further trade with him”
    synonyms: business deal, deal
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    arms deal
    a deal to provide military arms
    penny ante
    a business deal on a trivial scale
    type of:
    dealing, dealings, transaction
    the act of transacting within or between groups (as carrying on commercial activities)
  3. noun
    the business given to a commercial establishment by its customers
    synonyms: patronage
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    custom
    habitual patronage
    type of:
    business
    the volume of commercial activity
  4. verb
    engage in the trade of
    synonyms: merchandise
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    black market, run
    deal in illegally, such as arms or liquor
    traffic
    trade or deal a commodity
    arbitrage
    practice arbitrage, as in the stock market
    traffic
    deal illegally
    market
    engage in the commercial promotion, sale, or distribution of
    import
    bring in from abroad
    export
    sell or transfer abroad
    offer
    make available for sale
    smuggle
    import or export without paying customs duties
  5. verb
    do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood
    synonyms: deal, sell
    deal
    sell
    sell
    be sold at a certain price or in a certain way
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    push
    sell or promote the sale of (illegal goods such as drugs)
    deal
    sell
    black marketeer
    deal on the black market
    pyramid
    use or deal in (as of stock or commercial transaction) in a pyramid deal
    market
    deal in a market
    hawk, huckster, monger, peddle, pitch, vend
    sell or offer for sale from place to place
    type of:
    transact
    conduct business
  6. verb
    be traded at a certain price or under certain conditions
    “The stock traded around $20 a share”
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    close
    be priced or listed when trading stops
    type of:
    sell
    be sold at a certain price or in a certain way
  7. noun
    the skilled practice of a practical occupation
    “he learned his trade as an apprentice”
    synonyms: craft
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    airplane mechanics
    the craft of building and repairing airplanes
    auto mechanics
    the craft of building and repairing automobiles
    basketry
    the craft of basket making
    carpentry, woodwork, woodworking
    the craft of a carpenter: making things out of wood
    drafting, mechanical drawing
    the craft of drawing blueprints
    dressmaking
    the craft of making dresses
    electrical work
    the craft of an electrician
    interior decoration, interior design
    the trade of planning the layout and furnishings of an architectural interior
    lumbering
    the trade of cutting or preparing or selling timber
    masonry
    the craft of a mason
    oculism
    the craft of an oculist
    house painting, painting
    the occupation of a house painter
    papermaking
    the craft of making paper
    pilotage, piloting
    the occupation of a pilot
    plumbery, plumbing
    the occupation of a plumber (installing and repairing pipes and fixtures for water or gas or sewage in a building)
    pottery
    the craft of making earthenware
    pyrotechnics, pyrotechny
    the craft of making fireworks
    cobbling, shoe repairing, shoemaking
    the shoemaker's trade
    roofing
    the craft of a roofer
    sheet-metal work
    the craft of doing sheet metal work (as in ventilation systems)
    shingling
    the laying on of shingles
    tailoring
    the occupation of a tailor
    tool-and-die work
    the craft of making special tools and dies
    handicraft
    a craft that requires skillful hands
    mintage
    act or process of minting coins
    tanning
    making leather from rawhide
    typography
    the craft of composing type and printing from it
    undertaking
    the trade of a funeral director
    upholstery
    the craft of upholstering
    wine making, winemaking
    the craft and science of growing grapes and making wine
    bookbinding
    the craft of binding books
    bricklaying
    the craft of laying bricks
    cabinetry, cabinetwork
    the craft of making furniture (especially furniture of high quality)
    furnishing
    the act of decorating a house or room
    lighting
    the craft of providing artificial light
    cabinetmaking, joinery
    the craft of a joiner
    couture
    high fashion designing and dressmaking
    sewing, stitching
    joining or attaching by stitches
    spinning
    creating thread
    weaving
    creating fabric
    knitting
    creating knitted wear
    crocheting
    creating a garment of needlework
    lace making, tatting
    the act or art of making handmade lace
    needlecraft, needlework
    work (such as sewing or embroidery) that is done with a needle
    slating
    the act of laying slates for a roof
    type of:
    business, job, line, line of work, occupation
    the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money
  8. noun
    people who perform a particular kind of skilled work
    “as they say in the trade
    synonyms: craft
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    class, social class, socio-economic class, stratum
    people having the same social, economic, or educational status
  9. noun
    an equal exchange
    synonyms: barter, swap, swop
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    horse trade, horse trading
    the swapping of horses (accompanied by much bargaining)
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    exchange, interchange
    reciprocal transfer of equivalent sums of money (especially the currencies of different countries)
  10. verb
    exchange or give (something) in exchange for
    synonyms: swap, switch, swop
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    change, exchange, interchange
    give to, and receive from, one another
  11. verb
    turn in as payment or part payment for a purchase
    trade in an old car for a new one”
    synonyms: trade in
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    barter away
    trade in in a bartering transaction
    type of:
    change, exchange, interchange
    give to, and receive from, one another
  12. noun
    steady winds blowing from east to west above and below the equator
    “they rode the trade winds going west”
    synonyms: trade wind
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    prevailing wind
    the predominant wind direction
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