Share this entry

American English: /treɪd/
British English: /treɪd/

Translation of trade in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 uncountable (buying, selling) domestic/foreign trade
    comercio interior/exterior
    they were doing a roaring o brisk trade in umbrellas
    estaban haciendo un gran negocio con los paraguas
    estaban vendiendo paraguas como pan caliente or como rosquillas [colloquial]
    to be in trade [dated]
    ser comerciante
    (before noun) trade agreement
    acuerdo (masculine) comercial
    trade association trade balance trade deficit o gap
    déficit (masculine) en la balanza comercial
    trade description (British English)
    descripción (feminine) comercial
    trade fair
    feria (feminine) comercial or de muestras
    trade sanctions
    sanciones (feminine plural) comerciales
    trade tariffs to publish the trade figures
    publicar las estadísticas de la balanza comercial
    the imbalance in the trade figures
    1.2 uncountable (business, industry) the textile trade
    la industria textil
    the hotel trade
    la hotelería
    la industria hotelera
    the grocery trade
    el ramo de la alimentación
    she's in the antique trade
    se dedica a la compraventa de antigüedades
    (before noun) trade directory
    guía (feminine) de fabricantes y comerciantes
    Example sentences
    • There must somehow be a basis for international trade in goods and services.
    • The explosion of global trade in the postwar era is usually attributed to the lowering of tariffs and other trade barriers.
    • These include trade in services, intellectual property, e-commerce, investment and labour standards.
    Example sentences
    • Before the season begins those in the trade identify jackfruit trees in the area that give good quality fruit.
    • The aim should be to build an honest relationship with 10 journalists across the trade and national press.
    • He comes into the trade at a buoyant time, with brisk business reported locally in the market.
    1.3 countable (skilled occupation) to learn a trade he's a carpenter by trade
    es carpintero de oficio
    she's a dentist/journalist by trade
    es dentista/periodista de profesión
    Example sentences
    • Home inspection is a trade that requires special training, knowledge, and skills.
    • An impending skills shortage in the trades means jobs are opening up to women.
    • The centre, not yet named, will provide vocational training in creative industries and manual trades.
    1.4 (people in particular business, occupation) See examples: the trade
    el gremio
    as they say in the trade
    como dicen los del gremio or los entendidos
    1.5 uncountable (customers) See examples: it's designed to attract the tourist trade
    está pensado para atraer a los turistas
    the shop relies heavily on passing trade (British English)
    la tienda depende en gran parte de la clientela de paso
  • 2 2.1 (exchange) See examples: I'll make o do a trade with you
    te lo/la cambio
    (American English) (Sport) (of players)
    (American English) (Sport) (player)
    jugador traspasado, (jugadora traspasada) (masculine, feminine)
    Example sentences
    • But injuries and trades are expected in sports.
    • The big fella no longer is demanding a trade, which wasn't feasible anyway, or to be waived, which was unlikely.
    • It's clear his uncertain status limits what Philadelphia can demand in a trade.

intransitive verb

  • 1.1 (buy, sell) we trade with countries all over the world
    comerciamos or tenemos relaciones comerciales con países de todo el mundo
    the company has ceased trading
    la compañía ha dejado de operar
    la compañía ha cerrado
    they now trade under the name of Unitex
    ahora operan bajo el nombre de Unitex
    to trade in something
    comerciar en algo
    they trade in commodities
    comercian en productos básicos
    he trades in antiques
    se dedica a la compraventa de antigüedades
    1.2 (exchange)
    hacer un cambio or un canje
    do you want to trade?
    ¿quieres hacer un cambio?
    Example sentences
    • Let's begin pondering briefly a primitive barter economy where goods are traded for goods.
    • It is both a needed reminder and a adept demonstration that watching courtship treated as a noble game is still quite rewarding even in times where romance is traded for expediency.
    • Sexual exploitation is also widespread in humanitarian crises, where sex is often traded for food rations, safe passage and for access to basic goods.
    Example sentences
    • The ban means all auction marts have ceased trading in livestock.
    • However, as Jon's pointed out, the trading of goods and services is different to trading in events.
    • But trading in new stocks is typically purely speculative.

transitive verb

  • 1.1
    to trade something for something
    cambiar or canjear algo por algo
    to trade something with somebody
    (American English)
    cambiarle algo a alguien
    trade coats with me
    te cambio el abrigo
    I wouldn't mind trading places with him
    ya quisiera yo estar en su lugar or en su pellejo
    (American English) (Sport)
    Example sentences
    • Teams are cautious about trading a player who could come back to haunt them.
    • The team wants to trade the franchise player and rid itself of his $10.5 rail lion salary cap burden.
    • He knows that rarely - if ever - can a team trade a franchise player and improve.
    Example sentences
    • They traded blows, insults, and annoyed mutters for several long minutes.
    • Strong language has been used, insults have been traded, attacks have been personalised and bitterness is made visible.
    • In brief instances when they collided, one could see them attacking with outrageously fast kicks and punches, either trading blows are blocking blows.

Phrasal verbs

trade down

verb + adverb
he'll trade down when he retires
cuando se jubile va a vender su casa y va a comprar una de menos valor

trade in

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
entregar como parte del pago

trade on

verb + preposition + object

trade up

verb + adverb
his salary increase means we can trade up when we move
su mayor sueldo significa que podemos vender esto y mudarnos a algo mejor

Definition of trade in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources


    Next Score:
    Word of the day whippersnapper
    Pronunciation: ˈwɪpəsnapə
    a young, inexperienced person considered presumptuous or overconfident...
    Cultural fact of the day

    ESO (Educación Secundaria Obligatoria) is one of the stages of secondary education established in Spain by the LOE - Ley Orgánica de Educación (2006). It begins at twelve years of age and ends at sixteen, the age at which compulsory education ends. The old division between a technical and an academic education is not as marked in ESO, as all secondary pupils receive basic professional training.