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Definition 1: buying and selling; especially illicit trade - [noun denoting act]

(traffic is a kind of ...) transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services)

(... is a kind of traffic ) traffic in illegal drugs

(... is a kind of traffic ) traffic in ecclesiastical offices or preferments

(... is a kind of traffic ) traffic in slaves; especially in Black Africans transported to America in the 16th to 19th centuries

Definition 2: social or verbal interchange (usually followed by `with') - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for traffic in the sense of this definition

(traffic is a kind of ...) mutual interaction; the activity of reciprocating or exchanging (especially information)

(... is a kind of traffic ) (usually plural) mutual dealings or connections among persons or groups

"international relations"

Definition 3: the amount of activity over a communication system during a given period of time - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where traffic or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • heavy traffic overloaded the trunk lines
  • traffic on the internet is lightest during the night

(traffic is a kind of ...) the activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information

"they could not act without official communication from Moscow"

Definition 4: the aggregation of things (pedestrians or vehicles) coming and going in a particular locality during a specified period of time - [noun denoting group]

(traffic is a kind of ...) several things grouped together or considered as a whole

(... is a kind of traffic ) traffic created by the movement of aircraft

(... is a kind of traffic ) traffic created by people going to or returning from work

(... is a kind of traffic ) people coming and going on foot

(... is a kind of traffic ) the aggregation of vehicles coming and going in a particular locality

Definition 5: deal illegally - [verb of possession]

Samples where traffic or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • traffic drugs

(traffic is a kind of ...) engage in the trade of

"he is merchandising telephone sets"

(traffic belongs to category ...) (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act

"a long record of crimes"

Definition 6: trade or deal a commodity - [verb of possession]

Samples where traffic or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • They trafficked with us for gold

(traffic is a kind of ...) engage in the trade of

"he is merchandising telephone sets"

(traffic belongs to category ...) transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services)

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