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
More example sentences
  • 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


[mass noun]
1The action or system of bartering: paper money ceases to have any value and people resort to barter
More example sentences
  • 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.
trading, trade, exchange, swapping, trafficking, business, commerce, buying and selling, dealing;
haggling, negotiation
1.1Goods or services used in bartering: I took a supply of coffee and cigarettes to use as barter
More example sentences
  • 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.



Pronunciation: /ˈbɑːtərə/
Example sentences
  • 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).

Words that rhyme with barter

Bata, cantata, carter, cassata, charter, chipolata, ciabatta, darter, desiderata, errata, garter, imprimatur, Inkatha, Jakarta, Magna Carta, Maratha, martyr, Odonata, passata, persona non grata, rata, Renata, Río de la Plata, serenata, sonata, Sparta, starter, strata, taramasalata, tartar, Tatar, Zapata

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