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traf·fic

 (trăf′ĭk)
n.
1.
a. The passage of people or vehicles along routes of transportation.
b. Vehicles or pedestrians in transit: heavy traffic on the turnpike; stopped oncoming traffic to let the children cross.
2.
a. The commercial exchange of goods; trade.
b. Illegal or improper commercial activity: drug traffic on city streets. See Synonyms at business.
3.
a. The business of moving passengers and cargo through a transportation system.
b. The amount of cargo or number of passengers conveyed.
4.
a. The conveyance of messages or data through a system of communication: routers that manage internet traffic.
b. Messages or data conveyed through such a system: a tremendous amount of telephone traffic on Mother's Day; couldn't download the file due to heavy internet traffic.
c. The number of users or visitors, as at a website: attempted to increase traffic with a redesigned homepage.
5. Social or verbal exchange; communication: refused further traffic with the estranged friend.
v. traf·ficked, traf·fick·ing, traf·fics
intr.v.
To carry on trade or other dealings: trafficked in liquidation merchandise; traffic with gangsters.
tr.v.
To provide to others, especially in large quantities, in exchange for money: was accused of trafficking guns to local gangs.

[French trafic, from Old French trafique, from Old Italian traffico, from trafficare, to trade, perhaps from Catalan trafegar, to decant, from Vulgar Latin *trānsfaecāre : trāns-, trans- + faex, faec-, dregs; see feces.]

traf′fick·er n.
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traffic

(ˈtræfɪk)
n
1.
a. the vehicles coming and going in a street, town, etc
b. (as modifier): traffic lights.
2. the movement of vehicles, people, etc, in a particular place or for a particular purpose: sea traffic.
3. (Commerce)
a. the business of commercial transportation by land, sea, or air
b. the freight, passengers, etc, transported
4. (usually foll by with) dealings or business: have no traffic with that man.
5. (Commerce) trade, esp of an illicit or improper kind: drug traffic.
6. (Telecommunications) the aggregate volume of messages transmitted through a communications system in a given period
7. (Commerce) chiefly US the number of customers patronizing a commercial establishment in a given time period
vb (intr) , -fics, -ficking or -ficked
8. (Commerce) (often foll by in) to carry on trade or business, esp of an illicit kind
9. (usually foll by with) to have dealings
[C16: from Old French trafique, from Old Italian traffico, from trafficare to engage in trade]
ˈtrafficker n
ˈtrafficless adj
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traf•fic

(ˈtræf ɪk)

n., v. -ficked, -fick•ing. n.
1. the movement of vehicles, ships, aircraft, persons, etc., in an area or over a route.
2. the vehicles, persons, etc., moving in an area or over a route.
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.
9. mutual exchange or communication: traffic in ideas.
10. trade in some specific commodity or service, often of an illegal nature: drug traffic.
v.i.
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 (usu. fol. by in): to traffic in opium.
[1495–1505; earlier traffyk < Middle French trafique (n.), trafiquer (v.) < Italian traffico (n.), trafficare (v.)]
traf′fick•er, n.
traf′fic•less, adj.
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traffic

  • filter lane - The lane of traffic reserved for those making a specific turn at the next junction.
  • reverse commute - To travel to work opposite of the normal rush of traffic.
  • traffic calming - The deliberate slowing of traffic in residential areas, with speed bumps or other obstructions.
  • traffic - Can only be traced to Italian traffico and trafficare, "trade," but that is all that is known.
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Traffic

 merchandise transported from place to place; the movement of vehicles; lumber; trash; rubbish, 1628; the rabble.
Examples: traffic of faculties, 1633; of honour, 1702; of omnibuses, cabs, carriages, and carts, 1886.
Dictionary of Collective Nouns and Group Terms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

traffic

You use traffic to refer to all the vehicles moving along a road.

In many areas rush-hour traffic lasted until 11am.

Traffic is an uncountable noun. Don't talk about 'traffics' or 'a traffic'.

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traffic


Past participle: trafficked
Gerund: trafficking

Imperative
traffic
traffic
Present
I traffic
you traffic
he/she/it traffics
we traffic
you traffic
they traffic
Preterite
I trafficked
you trafficked
he/she/it trafficked
we trafficked
you trafficked
they trafficked
Present Continuous
I am trafficking
you are trafficking
he/she/it is trafficking
we are trafficking
you are trafficking
they are trafficking
Present Perfect
I have trafficked
you have trafficked
he/she/it has trafficked
we have trafficked
you have trafficked
they have trafficked
Past Continuous
I was trafficking
you were trafficking
he/she/it was trafficking
we were trafficking
you were trafficking
they were trafficking
Past Perfect
I had trafficked
you had trafficked
he/she/it had trafficked
we had trafficked
you had trafficked
they had trafficked
Future
I will traffic
you will traffic
he/she/it will traffic
we will traffic
you will traffic
they will traffic
Future Perfect
I will have trafficked
you will have trafficked
he/she/it will have trafficked
we will have trafficked
you will have trafficked
they will have trafficked
Future Continuous
I will be trafficking
you will be trafficking
he/she/it will be trafficking
we will be trafficking
you will be trafficking
they will be trafficking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been trafficking
you have been trafficking
he/she/it has been trafficking
we have been trafficking
you have been trafficking
they have been trafficking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been trafficking
you will have been trafficking
he/she/it will have been trafficking
we will have been trafficking
you will have been trafficking
they will have been trafficking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been trafficking
you had been trafficking
he/she/it had been trafficking
we had been trafficking
you had been trafficking
they had been trafficking
Conditional
I would traffic
you would traffic
he/she/it would traffic
we would traffic
you would traffic
they would traffic
Past Conditional
I would have trafficked
you would have trafficked
he/she/it would have trafficked
we would have trafficked
you would have trafficked
they would have trafficked
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.traffic - the aggregation of things (pedestrians or vehicles) coming and going in a particular locality during a specified period of timetraffic - the aggregation of things (pedestrians or vehicles) coming and going in a particular locality during a specified period of time
aggregation, collection, accumulation, assemblage - several things grouped together or considered as a whole
air traffic - traffic created by the movement of aircraft
commuter traffic - traffic created by people going to or returning from work
foot traffic, pedestrian traffic - people coming and going on foot
vehicle traffic, vehicular traffic - the aggregation of vehicles coming and going in a particular locality
2.traffic - buying and sellingtraffic - buying and selling; especially illicit trade
commerce, commercialism, mercantilism - transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services)
drug traffic, drug trafficking, narcotraffic - traffic in illegal drugs
barratry, simony - traffic in ecclesiastical offices or preferments
slave trade, slave traffic - traffic in slaves; especially in Black Africans transported to America in the 16th to 19th centuries
3.traffic - the amount of activity over a communication system during a given period of timetraffic - the amount of activity over a communication system during a given period of time; "heavy traffic overloaded the trunk lines"; "traffic on the internet is lightest during the night"
communicating, communication - the activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information; "they could not act without official communication from Moscow"
4.traffic - social or verbal interchange (usually followed by `with')
interchange, reciprocation, give-and-take - mutual interaction; the activity of reciprocating or exchanging (especially information)
relation - (usually plural) mutual dealings or connections among persons or groups; "international relations"
Verb1.traffic - deal illegallytraffic - deal illegally; "traffic drugs"  
crime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offense, offence - (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act; "a long record of crimes"
merchandise, trade - engage in the trade of; "he is merchandising telephone sets"
2.traffic - trade or deal a commoditytraffic - trade or deal a commodity; "They trafficked with us for gold"
commerce, commercialism, mercantilism - transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services)
merchandise, trade - engage in the trade of; "he is merchandising telephone sets"
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traffic

noun
1. transport, movement, vehicles, transportation, freight, coming and going There was heavy traffic on the roads.
2. traffic jam, jam, hold-up, congestion, gridlock, bottleneck, tailback, snarl-up He phoned in to say he was stuck in traffic.
3. transportation, shipping, transport, freight, conveyancing The ferries can cope with the traffic of goods and passengers.
4. trade, dealing, commerce, buying and selling, business, exchange, truck, dealings, peddling, barter, doings traffic in illicit drugs
verb
1. trade, market, deal, exchange, truck, bargain, do business, buy and sell, peddle, barter, cut a deal, have dealings, have transactions Anyone who trafficked in illegal drugs was brought to justice.
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traffic

noun
1. Commercial, industrial, or professional activity in general:
2. The commercial transactions of customers with a supplier:
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Translations
تِجارَهحَرَكة مُرورمُرُوريُتاجِر بالمَحْظورات
dopravadopravní ruchobchodobchodovat načerno
trafik=-handelhandle
liiklus
kauppaliikennetietoliikenne
promet
forgalom
ólögleg viîskiptistunda ólögleg viîskiptiumferî
交通
교통
eismasšviesoforas
kontrabandas tirdzniecībasatiksmetirgoties ar kontrabandutransports
trata
dopravný ruchobchodovať načierno
promet
trafikhandel
การจราจร
trafikyasa dışı ticaretyasa dışı ticaret yapmak
giao thông

traffic

[ˈtræfɪk] (trafficked (vb: pt, pp))
A. N
1. (Aut, Aer, Naut, Rail) → tráfico m, circulación f, tránsito m (esp LAm)
the traffic is heavy during the rush hourhay mucho tráfico durante las horas punta
traffic was quite lighthabía poco tráfico
traffic was blocked for some hoursla circulación quedó interrumpida durante varias horas
closed to heavy trafficcerrado a los vehículos pesados
air traffictráfico m aéreo
2. (= trade) → tráfico m, comercio m (in en) drug trafficnarcotráfico m, tráfico m de drogas
B. VI to traffic (in)traficar (en)
C. CPD (Aut) [regulations] → de circulación, de tránsito (esp LAm)
traffic accident Naccidente m de tráfico, accidente m de circulación, accidente m de tránsito (LAm)
traffic circle N (US) → rotunda f, glorieta f
traffic cone Ncono m señalizador
traffic control N (= act) → control m del tráfico; (= lights) → semáforo m
traffic duty N to be on traffic dutyestar en tráfico
traffic flow Nflujo m de tráfico
traffic island Nrefugio m
traffic jam Nembotellamiento m, atasco m
a five-mile traffic jamun atasco de cinco millas
traffic lights NPLsemáforo msing
traffic offence N (Brit) → infracción f de tráfico
traffic police Npolicía f de tráfico, policía f de tránsito
traffic sign Nseñal f de tráfico
traffic violation N (US) = traffic offence traffic warden Nguardia mf de tráfico or tránsito
see also road
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traffic

[ˈtræfɪk]
n
(on the roads)circulation f
The traffic was terrible → Il y avait une circulation épouvantable.
rush-hour traffic → la circulation aux heures de pointe
(= trade) → trafic m
traffic in sth → trafic de qch
(= movement of passengers, planes, ships) → trafic m
passenger traffic → trafic m passagers
freight traffic → trafic m de fret
air traffic → le trafic aérien
(= electronic communications) → trafic m
internet traffic → trafic m internet
data traffic → trafic m de données, circulation f des données
telecoms traffic → trafic m de télécommunications
vi
to traffic in sth [+ liquor, drugs] → se livrer au trafic de qchtraffic calming n mesures de ralentissement de la circulation en villetraffic circle n (US)rond-point mtraffic cone ncône m de signalisationtraffic control tower ntour f de contrôletraffic cop nagent m de la circulationtraffic court n (US) tribunal où sont jugées les infractions au code de la routetraffic duty n
to be on traffic duty [policeman, policewoman] → faire la circulationtraffic island nrefuge m, refuge m pour piétonstraffic jam nbouchon m, embouteillage m
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traffic

n
Verkehr m; (Aviat) → Flug- or Luftverkehr m; a policeman was directing trafficein Polizist regelte den Verkehr; traffic coming into London is advised to avoid Putney BridgeFahrern in Richtung Innenstadt London wird empfohlen, Putney Bridge zu meiden
(= business: of port, airport) → Umschlag m; traffic in steelStahlumschlag m; freight trafficFrachtumschlag m
(usu pej: = trading) → Handel m(in mit); (in pornography) → Vertrieb m(in von); (in illegal alcohol) → Schieberei f(in von)
vi (usu pej)handeln (in mit); (in drugs also) → dealen (inf)(in mit); (in pornography) → vertreiben (→ in +acc); (in illegal alcohol) → verschieben (→ in acc)

traffic

in cpdsVerkehrs-;
traffic calming
nVerkehrsberuhigung f
traffic circle
n (US) → Kreisverkehr m
traffic control tower
n (Aviat) → Kontrollturm m, → Tower m
traffic cop
n (US inf) → Verkehrspolizist(in) m(f)
traffic court
n (US Jur) → Verkehrsgericht nt
traffic diversion
nUmleitung f
traffic duty
nVerkehrsdienst m; to be on trafficVerkehrsdienst haben
traffic-guidance system
traffic hold-up
traffic indicator
n (Brit) → (Fahrt)richtungsanzeiger m (form); (flashing) → Blinker m
traffic island
traffic jam
nVerkehrsstockung or -stauung f

traffic

:
traffic lights
pl, (US) traffic light
traffic management
nVerkehrsmanagement nt
traffic offender
nVerkehrssünder(in) m(f)
traffic planning
nVerkehrsplanung f
traffic police
traffic policeman
traffic sign
nVerkehrszeichen ntor -schild nt
traffic signals
traffic warden
n (Brit) → ˜ Verkehrspolizist(in) m(f)ohne polizeiliche Befugnisse; (woman) → ˜ Politesse f
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traffic

[ˈtræfɪk] (trafficked (vb: pt, pp))
1. ntraffico
rail traffic → traffico ferroviario
the traffic is heavy during the rush hour → il traffico è molto intenso nelle ore di punta
closed to heavy traffic (Aut) → divieto di transito per gli automezzi pesanti
drug traffic → traffico di droga
2. vi to traffic in (pej) (liquor, drugs) → trafficare in
3. adj (Aut) (regulations) → stradale
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

traffic

(ˈtrӕfik) noun
1. vehicles, aircraft, ships etc moving about. There's a lot of traffic on the roads / on the river.
2. trade, especially illegal or dishonest. the drug traffic.
verbpast tense, past participle ˈtrafficked
to deal or trade in, especially illegally or dishonestly. They were trafficking in smuggled goods.
ˈtrafficker noun
a usually illegal or dishonest dealer. a trafficker in drugs.
traffic island
a small pavement in the middle of a road, for pedestrians to stand on on their way across.
traffic jam
a situation in which large numbers of road vehicles are prevented from proceeding freely.
traffic lights
lights of changing colours for controlling traffic at road crossings etc. Turn left at the traffic lights.
traffic wardenwarden
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traffic

مُرُور doprava trafik Verkehr κίνηση tráfico liikenne trafic promet traffico 交通 교통 verkeer trafikk ruch uliczny trânsito дорожное движение trafik การจราจร trafik giao thông 交通
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