February 07, 2019
Learner's Word of the Day
trade /ˈtreɪd/ noun

plural trades

The woman is a mechanic by trade.
The woman is a mechanic by trade.
Learner's definition of TRADE

1 a [noncount] : the activity or process of buying, selling, or exchanging goods or services : COMMERCE

  • foreign/international trade

  • the trade between the two countries

  • The tariff is a barrier to trade. = The tariff is a trade barrier.

b : the amount of things or services that are bought and sold : the money made by buying and selling things or services


  • Trade accounts for half of our gross national product.


  • The store does a brisk/lucrative trade in T-shirts. [=the store sells a lot of T-shirts]

2 [count] a : the act of exchanging one thing for another

  • My cupcake for your brownie is a fair/good trade. [=swap]

b US, sports : the act of giving one of your players to another team and getting one of their players in return

  • The Tigers made a few good trades this season and picked up some promising players.

3 : a job; especially : a job that requires special training and skills and that is done by using your hands


  • Are you interested in learning a new trade? [=learning the skills that are needed to perform a different job]

  • She entered the trade [=she began working in her profession] just after graduating from high school.


  • I am a carpenter/electrician/beautician by trade. [=I work as a carpenter/electrician/beautician]

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