Meaning of TRAFFIC in English


— trafficker , n. — trafficless , adj.

/traf"ik/ , n. , v. , trafficked, trafficking .


1. the movement of vehicles, ships, persons, etc., in an area, along a street, through an air lane, over a water route, etc.: the heavy traffic on Main Street.

2. the vehicles, persons, etc., moving in an area, along a street, etc.

3. the transportation of goods for the purpose of trade, by sea, land, or air: ships of traffic.

4. trade; buying and selling; commercial dealings.

5. trade between different countries or places; commerce.

6. the business done by a railroad or other carrier in the transportation of freight or passengers.

7. the aggregate of freight, passengers, telephone or telegraph messages, etc., handled, esp. in a given period.

8. communication, dealings, or contact between persons or groups: traffic between the Democrats and the Republicans.

9. mutual exchange or communication: traffic in ideas.

10. trade in some specific commodity or service, often of an illegal nature: the vast traffic in narcotics.


11. to carry on traffic, trade, or commercial dealings.

12. to trade or deal in a specific commodity or service, often of an illegal nature (usually fol. by in ): to traffic in opium.

[ 1495-1505; earlier traffyk trafique (n.), trafiquer (v.) traffico (n.), trafficare (v.), of disputed orig. ]

Syn. 4. See trade .

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