Barter



to trade by exchange of commodities rather than by the use of money.
to exchange in trade, as one commodity for another; trade.
to bargain away unwisely or dishonorably (usually followed by away):
bartering away his pride for material gain.
the act or practice of bartering.
items or an item for bartering:
We arrived with new barter for the villagers.
Contemporary Examples

Most of its international trade was essentially in barter, particularly with its Eastern European satellites.
Why China Eclipsed Russia Peter Osnos July 29, 2009

An unnamed Iranian official told the news service that the barter would include Russian weapons.
Russia’s Ace in the Hole: a Super-Missile It Can Sell to Iran Eli Lake April 7, 2014

In the right institutional setting, the human propensity to “truck, barter, and exchange” can enhance the welfare of all.
The Rich Must Earn Their Love David Frum May 2, 2012

Historical Examples

And up to the completion of the railroad nine-tenths of the business of the Mormon people was conducted on a system of barter.
Peculiarities of American Cities Willard Glazier

They hit inter th’ highway from barter, that’s what they done.
Pee-wee Harris Percy Keese Fitzhugh

barter did not wish to use any more of his mental energy than was necessary.
The Mind Master Arthur J. Burks

Let us not barter them for the poor comforts of this brief life.
The Shadow of a Crime Hall Caine

The main articles sought by the savages in barter were knives; as fast as some were supplied they moved off, and others succeeded.
Astoria Washington Irving

It looked like paltering and peddling, like sale and barter.
The Drama Of Three Hundred & Sixty-Five Days Hall Caine

It seems incredible that this is what a woman will barter for the right to “live her own life”—surely the most empty of desires.
The Roadmender Michael Fairless

verb
to trade (goods, services, etc) in exchange for other goods, services, etc, rather than for money: the refugees bartered for food
(intransitive) to haggle over the terms of such an exchange; bargain
noun
trade by the exchange of goods
v.

mid-15c., apparently from Old French barater “to barter, cheat, deceive, haggle” (also, “to have sexual intercourse”), 12c., of uncertain origin, perhaps from a Celtic language (cf. Irish brath “treachery”). Connection between “trading” and “cheating” exists in several languages. Related: Bartered; bartering. The noun is first recorded 1590s, from the verb.

The exchange of goods or services for other goods or services, rather than for money.

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