traffic

If you drive during rush hour, you're likely to hit some heavy traffic, and if you get stuck in a big traffic jam, you'll definitely be late. It's not just cars that create traffic — a large number of anything trying to occupy the same space adds up to traffic.

Internet providers may see a lot of traffic when there's big news and everyone is trying to sign on to find out what happened. Pedestrians also create traffic, like those walking past your new burrito palace and pet costume shop. While your business may be perfectly respectable, you would want to watch out for people who traffic stolen goods and illegal drugs. In that sense, traffic acts as a verb indicating you're trading something, often illegally.

Primary Meanings of traffic

1.
n
the aggregation of things (pedestrians or vehicles) coming and going in a particular locality during a specified period of time
2.
nv
buying and selling; especially illicit trade
deal illegally
3.
n
social or verbal interchange (usually followed by 'with')
Full Definitions of traffic
1

n the aggregation of things (pedestrians or vehicles) coming and going in a particular locality during a specified period of time

Types:
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air traffic
traffic created by the movement of aircraft
commuter traffic
traffic created by people going to or returning from work
foot traffic, pedestrian traffic
people coming and going on foot
vehicle traffic, vehicular traffic
the aggregation of vehicles coming and going in a particular locality
automobile traffic, car traffic
cars coming and going
bicycle traffic
bicycles coming and going
bus traffic
buses coming and going
truck traffic
trucks coming and going
Type of:
accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection
several things grouped together or considered as a whole

n the amount of activity over a communication system during a given period of time

“heavy traffic overloaded the trunk lines”
traffic on the internet is lightest during the night”
Type of:
communicating, communication
the activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information
2

n buying and selling; especially illicit trade

Types:
drug traffic, drug trafficking, narcotraffic
traffic in illegal drugs
barratry, simony
traffic in ecclesiastical offices or preferments
slave trade, slave traffic
traffic in slaves; especially in Black Africans transported to America in the 16th to 19th centuries
Type of:
commerce, commercialism, mercantilism
transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services)

v deal illegally

traffic drugs”
Type of:
merchandise, trade
engage in the trade of

v trade or deal a commodity

“They trafficked with us for gold”
Type of:
merchandise, trade
engage in the trade of
3

n social or verbal interchange (usually followed by 'with')

Synonyms:
dealings
Types:
relation
(usually plural) mutual dealings or connections among persons or groups
Type of:
give-and-take, interchange, reciprocation
mutual interaction; the activity of reciprocating or exchanging (especially information)

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