verb (used without object)

  1. to trade by exchange of commodities rather than by the use of money.

verb (used with object)

  1. to exchange in trade, as one commodity for another; trade.
  2. to bargain away unwisely or dishonorably (usually followed by away): bartering away his pride for material gain.


  1. the act or practice of bartering.
  2. items or an item for bartering: We arrived with new barter for the villagers.


  1. to trade (goods, services, etc) in exchange for other goods, services, etc, rather than for moneythe refugees bartered for food
  2. (intr) to haggle over the terms of such an exchange; bargain


  1. 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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