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Trade Descriptions Act

  
   , Trades Descriptions Act  
In Britain, theTrade Descriptions Act or theTrades Descriptions Act is a law designed to prevent companies from presenting their goods or services in a dishonest or misleading way.      n-sing   the N  
Last year it was convicted and fined under the Trades Descriptions Act for placing For Sale boards on empty homes in the area.     
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trade     ( trades    plural & 3rd person present)   ( trading    present participle)   ( traded    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-uncount   Trade is the activity of buying, selling, or exchanging goods or services between people, firms, or countries.  
usu with supp  
The ministry had direct control over every aspect of foreign trade., ...negotiations on a new international trade agreement..., Texas has a long history of trade with Mexico.     
2       verb   When people, firms, or countries trade, they buy, sell, or exchange goods or services between themselves.  
They may refuse to trade, even when offered attractive prices...      V  
They had years of experience of trading with the West...      V with n  
He has been trading in antique furniture for 25 years.      V in n  
  trading      n-uncount   usu with supp  
Trading on the stock exchange may be suspended...     
3       n-count   A trade is a particular area of business or industry.  
usu supp N  
They've completely ruined the tourist trade for the next few years., ...the arms trade.     
4       n-count   Someone's trade is the kind of work that they do, especially when they have been trained to do it over a period of time.  
oft poss N, also by N  
He learnt his trade as a diver in the North Sea..., Allyn was a jeweller by trade...     
5       v-recip   If someone trades one thing for another or if two people trade things, they agree to exchange one thing for the other thing.  
  (mainly AM)  
They traded land for goods and money...      V n for n (non-recip)  
Kids used to trade baseball cards...      pl-n V n  
They suspected that Neville had traded secret information with Mr Foster.      V n with n  
      Trade is also a noun., n-count  
I am willing to make a trade with you...     
in BRIT, use exchange     
6       v-recip   If you trade places with someone or if the two of you trade places, you move into the other person's position or situation, and they move into yours.  
  (mainly AM)   (=exchange)  
Mike asked George to trade places with him so he could ride with Tod...      V n with n  
The receiver and the quarterback are going to trade positions.      pl-n V n  
7       verb   In professional sports, for example football or baseball, if a player is traded from one team to another, they leave one team and begin playing for another.  
  (AM)  
He was traded from the Giants to the Yankees...      be V-ed  
The A's have not won a game since they traded him.      V n  
in BRIT, use transfer     
8       v-recip   If two people or groups trade something such as blows, insults, or jokes, they hit each other, insult each other, or tell each other jokes.  
  (mainly AM)   (=exchange)  
Children would settle disputes by trading punches or insults in the schoolyard...      pl-n V n  
They traded artillery fire with government forces inside the city.      V n with n   trade down      phrasal verb   If someone trades down, they sell something such as their car or house and buy a less expensive one.  
They are selling their five-bedroom house and trading down to a two-bedroom cottage.      V P to n   trade in      phrasal verb   If you trade in an old car or appliance, you give it to the person you are buying a new one from so that you pay less.  
He had a Rolls-Royce, and he traded it in for two matching silver Range Rovers...      V n P  
Richard refused to trade in his old Canon cameras.      V P n (not pron)  
    trade-in   trade off      phrasal verb   If you trade off one thing against another, you exchange all or part of one thing for another, as part of a negotiation or compromise.  
They cynically tried to trade off a reduction in the slaughter of dolphins against a resumption of commercial whaling...      V P n against n  
There is a possibility of being able to trade off information for a reduced sentence.      V P n for n  
    trade-off   trade up      phrasal verb   If someone trades up, they sell something such as their car or their house and buy a more expensive one.  
Mini-car owners are trading up to `real' cars...      V P to n  
Homeowners will feel more comfortable and they may feel ready to trade up.      V P  


balance of trade        ( balances of trade    plural  ) A country's balance of trade is the difference in value, over a period of time, between the goods it imports and the goods it exports.     (BUSINESS)      n-count   usu sing  
The deficit in Britain's balance of trade in March rose to more than 2100 million pounds.     
fair trade     
Fair trade is the practice of buying goods directly from producers in developing countries at a fair price.      n-uncount   oft N n  
...fair trade coffee.     
rag trade     
The rag trade is the business and industry of making and selling clothes, especially women's clothes.      n-sing   the N  
The rag trade is extremely competitive, and one needs plenty of contacts in order to survive.     
slave trade     
The slave trade is the buying and selling of slaves, especially Black Africans, from the 16th to the 19th centuries.      n-sing   the N  
...profits from the slave trade.     
stock-in-trade      , stock in trade  
If you say that something is someone's stock-in-trade, you mean that it is a usual part of their behaviour or work.      n-sing   with poss   (=staple)  
Patriotism is every politician's stock-in-trade...     
trade association        ( trade associations    plural  ) A trade association is a body representing organizations within the same trade. It aims to protect their collective interests, especially in negotiations with governments and trade unions.      n-count  
...one of the two main trade associations for antiques dealers.     
Trade Descriptions Act      , Trades Descriptions Act  
In Britain, theTrade Descriptions Act or theTrades Descriptions Act is a law designed to prevent companies from presenting their goods or services in a dishonest or misleading way.      n-sing   the N  
Last year it was convicted and fined under the Trades Descriptions Act for placing For Sale boards on empty homes in the area.     
trade fair        ( trade fairs    plural  ) A trade fair is an exhibition where manufacturers show their products to other people in industry and try to get business.      n-count  
trade gap        ( trade gaps    plural  ) If a country imports goods worth more than the value of the goods that it exports, this is referred to as a trade gap.     (BUSINESS)      n-count   usu sing  
trade-in        ( trade-ins    plural  ) A trade-in is an arrangement in which someone buys something such as a new car or washing machine at a reduced price by giving their old one, as well as money, in payment.      n-count   oft N n  
...the trade-in value of the car.     
trade name        ( trade names    plural  ) A trade name is the name which manufacturers give to a product or to a range of products.      n-count   (=brand name)  
It's marketed under the trade name `Tattle'.     
trade-off        ( trade-offs    plural  ) , tradeoff   A trade-off is a situation where you make a compromise between two things, or where you exchange all or part of one thing for another.     (JOURNALISM)      n-count  
...the trade-off between inflation and unemployment.     
trade route        ( trade routes    plural  ) A trade route is a route, often covering long distances, that is used by traders.      n-count  
trade secret        ( trade secrets    plural  )
1       n-count   A trade secret is information that is known, used, and kept secret by a particular firm, for example about a method of production or a chemical process.  
The nature of the polymer is currently a trade secret.     
2       n-count   A trade secret is a piece of knowledge that you have, especially about how to do something, that you are not willing to tell other people.  
I'd rather not talk about it too much because I don't like giving trade secrets away.     
trade surplus        ( trade surpluses    plural  ) If a country has a trade surplus, it exports more than it imports.     (BUSINESS)      n-count  
The country's trade surplus widened to 16.5 billion dollars.     
trade union        ( trade unions    plural  ) , trades union   A trade union is an organization that has been formed by workers in order to represent their rights and interests to their employers, for example in order to improve working conditions or wages.  
  (mainly BRIT)      n-count   oft N n  
in AM, usually use labor union     
trade unionism     
Trade unionism is the system, practices, and beliefs of trade unions.      n-uncount  
trade unionist        ( trade unionists    plural  ) , trades unionist   A trade unionist is an active member of a trade union.  
  (BRIT)      n-count  
World Trade Organization     
TheWorld Trade Organization is an international organization that encourages and regulates trade between its member states. The abbreviation WTO is also used.      n-proper  

Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  

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trade

  

      n  
1    barter, business, buying and selling, commerce, dealing, exchange, traffic, transactions, truck  
2    avocation, business, calling, craft, employment, job, line, line of work, métier, occupation, profession, pursuit, skill  
3    deal, exchange, interchange, swap  
4    clientele, custom, customers, market, patrons, public  
      vb  
5    bargain, barter, buy and sell, deal, do business, exchange, have dealings, peddle, traffic, transact, truck  
6    barter, exchange, swap, switch  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

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abbr. acron.
Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement
[Leg.] a multinational treaty for the purpose of establishing international standards for intellectual property rights enforcement
exp.
manufactured according to fair trade principles: équitablement fabriqué?
exp.
1.act silly; 2. avoid work
[Slang]
n.
a ban or a partial prohibition on trade of weapons with a particular country, in order to isolate it
exp.
face a specific situation; act in a certain way
E.g.: John went out of rehab a few days ago and he is determined to not go down that road again.
n.
the act of furthering; promotion; advancement.
v.
the act of pushing one's face in between two ample breasts, and rocking one's head side to side very rapidly while making a vigorous, lip-vibrating "brrr" sound
[Slang]
exp.
not to be able to act like a man, be a pussy
slang
det.
Cybertort is a willful act done by a person on internet that may cause legal injuries to virtual identity or virtual property of a person in cyberspace
[Leg.];[Tech.] cyber defamation is Cybertort
n.
a portmanteau of 'employer' and 'voyeurism'. signifies the act of searching for an employer or the practice of an employer when looking to fill positions. The term places an emphasis on the secretive connotation of the word 'voyeur', denoting a clandestine and thus superior form of employment search
[Tech.] Ex.: Employerism is what one must engage in, if one wishes to embark upon a more productive job hunt!
n.
blend of "slacker" and "activism". Act of participating to pointless activities as a type of activism.
Signing on-line petitions or wearing bracelets against war are forms of slacktivism
exp.
expression used to describe an attempt to organize a difficult or unpredictable situation; trying to coordinate a group of people who tend to act chaotically
[Bus.] E.g: Some say that managing a team is herding cats.
exp.
act in accordance with what is set verbally; apply what one's preaching for; double words by action;
often used in combination with "talk the talk".
exp.
find a a partner for someone and act as an intermediary for the two persons to meet
n.
act of covering an object, such as a tree, house, or another structure with toilet paper
Syn.: TP'ing
n.
the act of transferring virtual content or value on the Internet to a specific destination
[Tech.]
exp.
use the authority given by a position (in society, in a company etc.) to determine someone to act in a certain manner
E.g: He is not eager to attend the event, but he has to be there because his boss pulled rank on him.
n.
the act of changing the ownership of a virtual property from one person to another
[Tech.]
v.
The act or offence of grubbing up trees and bushes, and thus destroying forest land. Or, the land thus destroyed.
[Leg.] English noun and verb
v.
1. the operation or work of cutting grass and curing it for hay 2. the act of taking full advantage of an easy opportunity
n.
the act of using someone else's identifying information with the intent to defraud others online
[Leg.];[Tech.] criminal act to steal a personal information online
n.
1. the state of being joined together 2. in logic, the connection of isolated facts by means of a general description or hypothesis which applies to them all

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