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trade for (someone or something)
1. To initiate or engage in an exchange or swap for something. I'm going to bring my old video games to the store and trade for something new. She's heading to the market to trade for the different fabrics she needs.
2. To exchange or swap someone or something for someone or something else. A noun or pronoun is used between "trade" and "for." Want to trade your cupcake for my chocolate bar? He fantasized about trading his mediocre life for that of his wealthy, successful neighbor. I can't believe the team traded their star quarterback for some rookie no one's ever heard of.
3. To exchange or swap (something) for some period of time. A noun or pronoun can be used between "trade" and "for" to specify what is being traded or exchanged. A: "I really like the colored pencils you're using." B: "And I really like your markers. Let's trade for a while!" If you feel like you have an unequal relationship with your romantic partner, try trading roles and responsibilities for a little while to gain some perspective from their point of view.
4. To initiate or solicit an exchange or swap with someone for something they have. A noun or pronoun is used between "trade" and "for." Tommy always wants to trade me for the yummy treats my mom packs in my lunch. I would gladly trade you for your family—they're so normal compared to mine!
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trade someone or something for someone or something
to exchange someone or something for someone or something. I will trade you our shortstop for your catcher and two additional promising ball players. I will tradeyou my office desk for a conference table.
See also: trade
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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