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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

They confirmed that some soldiers have bartered away military equipment, including knives, helmets, and flak jackets, for drugs.
The Taliban’s Heroin Ploy Gerald Posner October 18, 2009

Historical Examples

Each ‘phratry’ then bartered a sub-class of its own for a sub-class of its partner.
Social Origins and Primal Law Andrew Lang

How if I have bartered my fortune for a few pieces of money?’
A Day’s Ride Charles James Lever

Surely he had bartered his soul for a very inadequate mess of pottage.
Halcyone Elinor Glyn

Do you think I am a slave or a human chattel to be bartered away like that?
The Romance of Golden Star … George Chetwynd Griffith

He bought nothing for his own pleasure or comfort, nothing which could not be sold or bartered again.
The Shuttle Frances Hodgson Burnett

As a boy I should have dreamed about it, schemed for it, bartered my immortal soul for it.
A Far Country, Complete Winston Churchill

She sold permission to commit sin and bartered for gold charters of indulgent forgiveness for sins already done.
Jesus the Christ James Edward Talmage

The most valuable objects which were bartered were metals and wood.
The Central Eskimo Franz Boas

Part of Jorrocks’s half-quartern loaf was bartered with the captain of an East Indiaman for a slice of buffalo-beef.
Jorrocks’ Jaunts and Jollities Robert Smith Surtees

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
trade by the exchange of goods

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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