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Trade, subst. 1) traffic, commerce: “the t. and profit of the city consisteth of all nations,” Merch. III, 3, 30. “others, like merchants, venture t. abroad,” H5 I, 2, 192.
2) frequent resort and intercourse: “some way of common t.” R2 III, 3, 156. “where most t. of danger ranged,” H4B I, 1, 174. “stands in the gap and t. of moe preferments,” H8 V, 1, 36.
3) business of any kind: “if your t. be to her,” Tw. III, 1, 83. “have you any further t. with us?” Hml. III, 2, 346.
4) business pursued for procuring subsistence; occupation, profession, particularly mechanical employment: Wiv. I, 3, 18. Meas. I, 2, 111. II, 1, 237. II, 1, 237 II, 1, 237 IV, 2, 53. IV, 2, 53 IV, 3, 20. Shr. III, 1, 69. Troil. V, 10, 52. Cor. III, 2, 134. IV, 1, 13. Tim. IV, 1, 18. IV, 3, 133. IV, 3, 133 Caes. I, 1, 13. Mcb. II, 3, 121. Hml. V, 1, 187. Lr. IV, 1, 40. IV, 6, 15. Oth. I, 2, 1. Per. IV, 2, 12. Per. IV, 2, 12 IV, 6, 74. IV, 6, 74 “what t. are you of?” Meas. II, 1, 206. “what t. art thou?” H4B III, 2, 160. Caes. I, 1, 5. Caes. I, 1, 5 Caes. I, 1, 5 “had been but two hours at the t.” Lr. II, 2, 65. “how long have you been at this t.?” Per. IV, 6, 73.
5) standing practice, custom, habit: “thy sin's not accidental, but a t.” Meas. III, 1, 149.
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