1 commerce, business, traffic, exchange, barter, dealing(s), buying and selling, merchandising, marketing, mercantilism, truck:
Have we any trade in shoes with South Korea? We are establishing trade with Eastern Europe?
2 calling, occupation, pursuit, work, business, employment, line (of work), métier, job, vocation, craft, career, profession:
Just what trade are you engaged in?
3 swap or swop, exchange, interchange, barter:
Was exchanging your microwave cooker for a hi-fi set a good trade?
4 customers, clientele, custom, patrons, following, patronage, shoppers:
Her shop caters chiefly to the holiday trade.
5 transact or do business, buy, sell, deal, traffic, merchandise, have dealings:
There are laws against Sunday trading in some areas.
6 exchange, swap or swop, interchange, switch, barter; return:
Having traded his car for the boat, Sam has no way of reaching the marina.
1 buying/selling of goods/services
brisk, flourishing, lively, roaring, thriving
All around the pyramids, salespeople were doing a roaring trade in souvenirs.
| lucrative, profitable | external, foreign, global, international, overseas, world | domestic, internal, inter-provincial, inter-regional, regional | export, import, import-export | direct, indirect | free | fair
The organization promotes fair trade with developing countries.
| legal, legitimate | illegal, illicit
attempts to curb the illicit trade in exotic species
| private | bilateral, mutual | unilateral | coastal, maritime | agricultural, commercial | retail, wholesale
It has been a bad year for the retail trade.
| book, fur, slave, timber, tourist, wine, wool | evil
the evil trade in drugs
VERB + TRADE
carry on, conduct, do, engage in, ply
the tools needed to carry on a trade All manner of hawkers and street sellers were plying their trade.
| boost, build up, develop, expand, increase, promote
a bid to boost foreign trade He built up a trade in seeds, corn and manure.
| damage, harm
A bitterly cold winter damaged industrial output and trade.
Shops have lost a day's trade.
| ban, restrict
TRADE + VERB
boom, expand, grow, increase, pick up | decline, fall
TRADE + NOUN
balance, figures, performance, statistics | surplus | deficit, gap, imbalance | barrier, blockade, boycott, embargo, restrictions, sanctions | tariff | dispute, war
The countries were locked in a trade war, refusing to allow imports of each other's goods.
| liberalization | benefits, concessions | accord, agreement, deal, pact, protocol, treaty | negotiations, talks | cooperation, links, network, relations | policy, practice
The US was accused of employing unfair trade practices.
| law, rules | bloc
The five countries formed a regional trade bloc.
| delegation, mission
Several local firms took part in a trade mission to Spain.
| official, representative
talks between trade officials from the two countries
name | exhibition, fair, show | centre | route
The road has been an important trade route since prehistoric times.
the boom and slump periods of a trade cycle
| association, body, group, organization
the trade body representing water companies (see also
| buyer, customer
The vase was bought by a trade buyer (= for example, somebody who works in the antiques trade).
| directory | journal, magazine, paper, press | information, secret
The employees were fired for divulging trade secrets to a competitor.
in a/the ~
She's in the wholesale fruit trade. These special flour sacks are known in the trade as ‘pockets’.
| ~ between
Trade between the Adriatic ports and their hinterland had grown.
| ~ in
Steps were taken to ban the trade in ivory.
| ~ with
The US has restricted trade with India. > Special page at BUSINESS
VERB + TRADE
learn | exercise, follow, practise
She is a carpenter by trade.
a jack of all trades
(= a person who can do many different types of work),
the tricks of the trade
The experienced artisan would pass on the tricks of the trade to the apprentice. verb
profitably, successfully | actively | openly
The firm openly traded in arms.
publicly traded securities
He claimed that all shops should be able to trade freely on Sundays.
| directly | illegally
VERB + TRADE
continue to | cease to
They now trade as a partnership.
countries trading illegally in rhinoceros horn
Early explorers traded directly with the Indians.
The company has now ceased trading.
| trade under the name (of) sth
The company trades under the name ‘English Estates’.
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