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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ In the local market, meat and vegetables are bartered for electrical goods.
▪ She had some success in bartering with her guards.
▪ Eventually money becomes worthless, and people are forced to barter or substitute with other sorts of currencies, like cigarettes.
▪ In diverse cultures men pursue and acquire, while women are protected and bartered.
▪ Meagre amounts of food were bartered by the less unfortunate to the starving in return for land and equipment.
▪ The strategy of bartering, mentioned earlier is one way to rein in the cost of a date.
▪ They had to grow, make, or barter for most of what they needed.
▪ They were bartered for Western currency, sold by families desperate for money to buy food.
▪ You are carrying on a business if you sell or barter any of the livestock or their produce.
▪ Beads were used as barter in the early days of settlement.
▪ Many Soviet citizens were able to get what they needed by barter.
▪ Experts say most of these freebies are really a form of barter.
▪ If people want to exchange any goods, they will do so by barter.
▪ In the barter system of the plains, five tipi poles might equal one horse.
▪ Money itself might disappear in some places, to be replaced by barter.
▪ The old system of barter I suppose.
▪ We are not paying any taxes and keep afloat only with the help of barter deals.
▪ We can therefore conclude that in these societies a different system of exchange or barter was used for basic daily transactions.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Barter \Bar"ter\ (b[aum]r"t[~e]r), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Bartered (b[aum]r"t[~e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. Bartering.] [OE. bartren, OF. barater, bareter, to cheat, exchange, perh. fr. Gr. pra`ttein to do, deal (well or ill), use practices or tricks, or perh. fr. Celtic; cf. Ir. brath treachery, W. brad. Cf. Barrator.] To traffic or trade, by exchanging one commodity for another, in distinction from a sale and purchase, in which money is paid for the commodities transferred; to truck.


Barter \Bar"ter\, v. t. To trade or exchange in the way of barter; to exchange (frequently for an unworthy consideration); to traffic; to truck; -- sometimes followed by away; as, to barter away goods or honor.


Barter \Bar"ter\, n.

  1. The act or practice of trafficking by exchange of commodities; an exchange of goods.

    The spirit of huckstering and barter.

  2. The thing given in exchange.

    Syn: Exchange; dealing; traffic; trade; truck.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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


n. an equal exchange vb. exchange goods or services without involving money

  1. n. an equal exchange; "we had no money so we had to live by barter" [syn: swap, swop, trade]

  2. v. exchange goods without involving money


Barter is a system of exchange where goods or services are directly exchanged for other goods or services without using a medium of exchange, such as money. It is distinguishable from gift economies in many ways; one of them is that the reciprocal exchange is immediate and not delayed in time. It is usually bilateral, but may be multilateral (i.e., mediated through barter organizations) and, in most developed countries, usually only exists parallel to monetary systems to a very limited extent. Barter, as a replacement for money as the method of exchange, is used in times of monetary crisis, such as when the currency may be either unstable (e.g., hyperinflation or deflationary spiral) or simply unavailable for conducting commerce.

Economists since Adam Smith, looking at non-specific archaic societies as examples, have used the inefficiency of barter to explain the emergence of money, the economy, and hence the discipline of economics itself. However, ethnographic studies have shown no present or past society has used barter without any other medium of exchange or measurement, nor have anthropologists found evidence that money emerged from barter, instead finding that gift-giving (credit extended on a personal basis with an inter-personal balance maintained over the long term) was the most usual means of exchange of gifts and services.

Since the 1830s, barter in some western market economies has been aided by exchanges that use alternative currencies based on the labour theory of value, and are designed to prevent profit taking by intermediators. Examples include the Owenite socialists, the Cincinnati Time store, and more recently Ithaca HOURS ( Time banking) and the LETS system.

Barter (disambiguation)

Barter may refer to:

Barter (surname)

Barter is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Augusta Barter (1909-1999), Canadian nurse
  • Charles St Leger Barter (1857-1931), British soldier
  • Frederick Barter (1891-1952), Welsh soldier
  • John Barter (1917-1983), British politician
  • Krystal Barter, breast cancer survivor
  • Peter Barter (born 1940), Papua New Guinean politician
  • Richard Barter (1802-1870), Irish physician

Usage examples of "barter".

The Fox is bound to barter him for an allya daughter of the high march of Yiss, perhaps, or a rich Darthacan noblewoman, and Chalion will have lost its chance!

And Barter, the unreasoning instrument of Fate, was not to know that the apprehending of a couple of traitorous Jack Presbyters was of small account to Colonel Penruddock by comparison with the satisfaction of the blood-feud between himself and the House of Lisle.

Although, as a general case, a ship unlucky in falling in with whales continues to cruise after them until she has barely sufficient provisions remaining to take her home, turning round then quietly and making the best of her way to her friends, yet there are instances when even this natural obstacle to the further prosecution of the voyage is overcome by headstrong captains, who, bartering the fruits of their hard-earned toils for a new supply of provisions in some of the ports of Chili or Peru, begin the voyage afresh with unabated zeal and perseverance.

Domini as this little mob of desert people, come together for the bartering of beasts, the buying of burnouses, weapons, skins and jewels, grain for their camels, charms for their women, ripe glistening dates for the little children at home in the brown earth houses.

Everything had the sound of money: the nervous laughter that rang like clinking credits, the electric babble that rose and fell with the familiar rhythm of market-day bartering all over the galaxy, the voices of bartenders and waitresses selling eyeblasters and pallies at prices ten times normal.

Beni-Mora, men from the near oasis, and also many of those desert wanderers who drift in daily out of the sands to the centres of buying and selling, barter their goods for the goods of the South, or sell their loads of dates for money, and, having enjoyed the dissipation of the cafes and of the dancing-houses, drift away again into the pathless wastes which are their home.

Bee and Cecil Tharp into the conservatory, and left the two men together: CHAPTER II CONTINUED INFLUENCE OF THE REVEREND HUSSELL BARTER To understand and sympathise with the feelings and action of the Rector of Worsted Skeynes, one must consider his origin and the circumstances of his life.

His spivs take the barter goods and exchange them for gold or silver or diamonds, some sort of precious commodity acceptable internationallyNew Sterling was no good, it was a restricted currency under the PSP.

They could be seen sitting in doorways, bartering in noisy street markets that had sprung up off the major throughways, and cooking under makeshift awnings beneath lines of washing strung across passageways and alleys.

When the bartering was completed, Anakin had traded a little more than half of what he had brought as barter for two mechanic droids in excellent condition, three more multipurpose droids that were serviceable, and a damaged hyperdrive converter that he could put back into service in no time.

We had quite a number of these whose genius for barter was so strong that it took root and flourished even in that unpropitious soil, and during the time when new prisoners were constantly coming in with money, they managed to accumulate small sums--from ten dollars upward, by trading between the guards and the prisoners.

Would the tender impulses, which the unsifted morals of barter extinguish, as they extinguish much of the nobility in man, have enkindled anew and brightened this misery?

Souls will fare better if they think of volunteering as a kind of bartering arrangement.

Baghdad to Basrah, and from there out to the great green sea, and we stopped at many ports, and I sold and bartered my goods to great advantage.

On October 31st the force remained on the defensive, but early on November 1st the gleaming of two heliographs, one to the north-east and one to the south-west, told that two British columns, those of De Lisle and of Barter, were hastening to the rescue.