the activity of buying and selling or of exchanging goods or services between people or countries
国际 / 对外贸易
Trade between the two countries has increased.
the international trade in oil
the arms, drugs, etc. trade
a particular type of business
the building/food/tourist, etc. trade
He works in the retail trade (= selling goods in shops/stores) .
a particular area of business and the people or companies that are connected with it
They offer discounts to the trade (= to people who are working in the same business) .
行业杂志 / 期刊
a trade magazine/journal
the amount of goods or services that you sell
Trade was very good last month.
a job, especially one that involves working with your hands and that requires special training and skills
He was a carpenter by trade .
When she leaves school, she wants to learn a trade.
She was surrounded by the tools of her trade (= everything she needs to do her job) .
a person who can do many different types of work, but who perhaps does not do them very well
to look for customers, passengers, etc. in order to do business
taxis plying for hire outside the theatre
to sell a lot of sth very quickly
the clever ways of doing things, known and used by people who do a particular job or activity
to buy and sell things
The firm openly traded in arms.
Early explorers traded directly with the Indians.
trading partners (= countries that you trade with)
Our products are now traded worldwide.
to exist and operate as a business or company
The firm has now ceased trading.
They traded as ‘Walker and Son’.
to be bought and sold, or to buy and sell sth, on a stock exchange
Shares were trading at under half their usual value.
to exchange sth that you have for sth that sb else has
to trade secrets/insults/jokes
She traded her posters for his CD.
I wouldn't mind trading places with her for a day.
to buy goods or shop at a particular store
to spend less money on things than you used to
Shoppers are trading down and looking for bargains.
to give sth used as part of the payment for sth new
He traded in his old car for a new Mercedes.
to balance two things or situations that are opposed to each other
They were attempting to trade off inflation against unemployment.
to use sth to your own advantage, especially in an unfair way
They trade on people's insecurity to sell them insurance.
to sell sth in order to buy sth more expensive
We're going to trade up to a larger house.
to give sth you have used as part of the payment for sth more expensive
These are all words for the work that sb does in return for payment, especially over a long period of time.
the job that sb does, especially in order to earn money
It's very difficult to find work at the moment.
( rather formal ) work, especially when it is done to earn money; the state of being employed or the situation in which people have work
Only half the people here are in paid employment.
the job or series of jobs that sb has in a particular area of work, usually involving more responsibility as time passes
He had a very distinguished career in the Foreign Office.
a type of job that needs special training or skill, especially one that needs a high level of education
He hopes to enter the medical profession.
The profession is all the people who work in a particular profession.
the legal profession
The professions are the traditional jobs that need a high level of education and training, such as being a doctor or lawyer.
( rather formal ) a job or profession
Please state your name, age, and occupation.
a job, especially one that involves working with your hands and requires special training and skills
Carpentry is a highly skilled trade.