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trade in

1. To exchange a used item for a new one, typically by using the proceeds from its sale to pay for a portion of the price of the new item. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "trade" and "in." My brother trades his car in every year so he can get the newest model on the market. I used to love trading in my old video games so I could buy new ones.
2. To do business by processing, buying, and/or selling a particular product or commodity or dealing in a particular market. My father's company trades in industrial parts.
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trade something in (for something)

 and trade something in (on something)
to return something, such as a car, to a place where cars are sold as partial payment on a new car. I traded my old car in on a new one. I traded in my old jalopy for a newer car.
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trade in

Give or sell an old or used item and apply the value or proceeds to a new item. For example, Some people prefer to trade in their old car to the dealer, but we feel we'll do better by simply selling it . [First half of 1900s]
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trade in

v.
1. To engage in the buying and selling of some product or commodity: Our firm trades in gold and silver.
2. To use something as payment or partial payment for a new purchase: You could trade in all your old records for some new CDs. We traded our little car in for a bigger model.
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To help all car owners better understand the intricacies of trading in their vehicle and empower them through the process, CarMax provides the guide below.
and in other parts of the world that are regularly trading in or upgrading their handguns.