Synonyms of trade
1 commerceDictionary • The ministry has control over every aspect of foreign trade.
commerce • They have made their fortunes from industry and commerce.
business • young people seeking a career in business
buying and selling
traffic • traffic in illicit drugs
2 jobDictionary • He was a jeweller by trade.
job • the pressure of being the first woman in the job
employment • She was unable to find employment in the area.
calling • He was a serious man, dedicated to his calling as a physician.
business • May I ask what business you are in?
line • What was your father's line of business?
craft • All kinds of traditional crafts are preserved here.
profession • Harper was a teacher by profession.
occupation • I was looking for an occupation which would allow me to travel.
pursuit • They both love outdoor pursuits.
line of work
3 exchangeDictionary • It wouldn't exactly have been a fair trade.
exchange • a free exchange of information
swap • If she ever fancies a job swap, I could be interested.
interchange • the interchange of ideas from different disciplines
1 dealDictionary • They had years of experience trading with the west.
buy and sell
traffic • Anyone who trafficked in illegal drugs was brought to justice.
bargain • Shop in small local markets and don't be afraid to bargain.
peddle • dealers peddling drugs
cut a deal
2 exchangeDictionary • They traded land for goods and money.
exchange • We exchanged addresses.
switch • The ballot boxes have been switched.
swap • Some hostages were swapped for convicted prisoners.
barter • They have been bartering wheat for cotton and timber.
PHRASAL VERB:▷ trade on something
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bargainWhen people bargain with each other, they discuss what each of them will do, pay, or receive.
• Shop in small local markets and don't be afraid to bargain.
barterIf you barter goods, you exchange them for other goods, rather than selling them for money.
• They have been bartering wheat for cotton and timber.
businessBusiness is work relating to the production, buying, and selling of goods or services.
• young people seeking a career in business
Thesaurus for trade from the Collins English Thesaurus
the act or an instance of buying and selling goods and services either on the domestic (wholesale and retail) markets or on the international (import, export, and entrepôt) markets
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