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trading Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun buying or selling securities or commodities
  2. verb engage in the trade of
    merchandise; trade.
    • he is merchandising telephone sets
  3. verb turn in as payment or part payment for a purchase
    trade in; trade.
    • trade in an old car for a new one
  4. verb be traded at a certain price or under certain conditions
    • The stock traded around $20 a share
  5. verb exchange or give (something) in exchange for
    switch; swop; swap; trade.
  6. verb do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood
    sell; deal; trade.
    • She deals in gold
    • The brothers sell shoes

Trad"ing adjective
  1. Carrying on trade or commerce; engaged in trade; as, a trading company.
  2. Frequented by traders. R. "They on the trading flood." Milton.
  3. Venal; corrupt; jobbing; as, a trading politician.

Webster 1913