Noun Trading-off Definition and Examples







The action or activity of buying and selling goods and services.
  1. 'The practice of trading and commercialisation continues in most parts of the country.'
  2. 'Was there evidence or did he make a statement about the extent of his motor trading activities apart from these five cars?'
  3. 'More than 80 percent of its profits came from financial trading operations, dwarfing its earnings from pipelines and power plants.'
  4. 'Others envision the city becoming the next Dubai, or even greater: the center of commerce and trading for the Gulf Region, and perhaps the entire Middle East.'
  5. 'But it will not engage in high-risk speculative trading to make a profit on its own account.'
  6. 'The problem is that too many rich countries preach free trade but practice protectionism, thus denying trading opportunities and markets to poor countries.'
  7. 'There you can learn how to maximize your profits with online trading as well as setting up an online business.'
  8. 'None of them expressly authorised trading activities.'
  9. 'But the rapid growth in online trading of financial services products also has its dangers.'
  10. 'Enormous trading activities with transportation might affect the fragile and pristine environment in an adverse manner.'


1. the act or process of buying, selling, or exchanging commodities, at either wholesale or retail, within a country or between countries: domestic trade; foreign trade.

2. the act of buying, selling, or exchanging stocks, bonds, or currency: Stock brokerages typically charge a commission per trade.

3. a purchase or sale; business deal or transaction.

4. an exchange of items, usually without payment of money.

5. Sports. the transfer of a player or players among professional teams: a midseason trade.

6. any occupation pursued as a business or livelihood.

7. some line of skilled manual or mechanical work; craft: the trade of a carpenter; printer's trade.

8. people engaged in a particular line of business: a lecture of interest only to the trade.

9. market: an increase in the tourist trade. 10. a field of business activity: a magazine for the furniture trade. 1

1. the customers of a business establishment. 1

2. Informal. trade paper. 1

3. trades, trade wind (def 1). verb (used with object), traded, trading. 1

4. to buy and sell; barter; traffic in. 1

5. to exchange: to trade seats. 1

6. Sports. to transfer (a player under contract) from one team to another: The manager traded two defensive players at the end of the season. verb (used without object), traded, trading. 1

7. to carry on trade. 1

8. to be bought, sold, or exchanged: Stocks traded lower after the release of the jobs report. 1

9. to traffic (usually followed by in): a tyrant who trades in human lives. 20. to make an exchange. 2

1. to make one's purchases; shop; buy. adjective 2

2. of or relating to trade or commerce. 2

3. used by, serving, or intended for a particular trade: trade journal. 2

4. Also, trades. of, composed of, or serving the members of a trade: a trade club. Verb phrases 2

5. trade down, to exchange a more valuable or desirable item for a less valuable or desirable one. 2

6. trade in, to give (a used article) as payment to be credited toward a purchase: We trade in our car every three years. 2

7. trade off, to exchange something for or with another. 2

8. trade on/upon, to turn to one's advantage, especially selfishly or unfairly; exploit: to trade on the weaknesses of others. 2

9. trade up, to exchange a less valuable or desirable item for a more valuable or desirable one.


"benefits can have trading-offs."



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