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.

Definitions of traffic
  1. noun
    the aggregation of things (pedestrians or vehicles) coming and going in a particular locality during a specified period of time
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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
  2. noun
    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”
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    type of:
    communicating, communication
    the activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information
  3. noun
    buying and selling; especially illicit trade
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    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)
  4. verb
    deal illegally
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    type of:
    merchandise, trade
    engage in the trade of
  5. verb
    trade or deal a commodity
    “They trafficked with us for gold”
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    type of:
    merchandise, trade
    engage in the trade of
  6. noun
    social or verbal interchange (usually followed by 'with')
    synonyms: dealings
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    (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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