Definition of barter in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈbɑːtə


[with object]
  • Exchange (goods or services) for other goods or services without using money: he often bartered a meal for drawings [no object]: they were able to buy or barter for most of what they needed
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    • In this system, people decide they want to reduce their reliance on money through bartering goods and services.
    • He said that Washington bartered goods with the East to establish trade with China as part of nation building.
    • Try bartering a service you can perform in exchange for someone else's service to you.
    trade, swap, trade off, exchange, give in exchange, change, traffic, sell


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  • 1The action or system of bartering: paper money ceases to have any value and people resort to barter
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    • But even as you convert from trade to cash, barter still may have a place in your business.
    • Bell's accounts also reveal the prevalence of barter over cash transactions.
    • A system of digital barter would be set up so that one could download viruses only by contributing new viruses.
  • 1.1Goods or services used in bartering: I took a supply of coffee and cigarettes to use as barter
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    • After all, the last time I checked, neither my utility company nor the phone company would accept my skills in barter for their services.
    • The introduction of muskets, as a major item of trade and barter, was the catalyst for the many conflicts which broke out.
    • Before commercialization, when lobsters were fished as a subsistence item, or for sale or barter in small local markets, they were typically fished by hand or with gaffs and spears.



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  • Whether it's a car boot sale, a Moroccan souk or a high street store, men are useless barterers.
  • The keen interest which Scandinavian ‘kings', war-bands, and barterers showed in Europa is ultimately a tribute to the magnetism which it exerted.
  • Actually, by tradition Filipinas have been in charge not only of children but of family funds as well, even while functioning as field hands and small-item vendors or barterers.


late Middle English: probably from Old French barater 'deceive' (see barratry).

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