- an interchange of goods or commodities, especially on a large scale between different countries (foreign commerce) or between different parts of the same country (domestic commerce); trade; business.
- social relations, especially the exchange of views, attitudes, etc.
- sexual intercourse.
- intellectual or spiritual interchange; communion.
- (initial capital letter) Also called Commerce Department. Informal. the Department of Commerce.
Origin of commerce
1. See trade.
- a town in SW California.
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Examples from the Web for commerce
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“If Charleston harbor needs improvement, let the commerce of Charleston bear the burden,” he said.Steve Scalise Shows There’s a Fine Line Between Confederate & Southern
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Spar has a new book titled The Baby Business: How Money, Science and Politics Drive the Commerce of Conception.Want Blue Eyes With That Baby?: The Strange New World of Human Reproduction
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E.g., the U.S. Chamber of Commerce spent $136.3 million lobbying in 2012 and $74.7 million in 2013.Up to a Point: In Defense of Lobbyists
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Following the collapse of the Roman Empire, all of Europe faltered as trade and commerce dried up.How the Vikings Saved Europe and Got a Terrible Reputation
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It remained throughout these many changes an important center of commerce.Ancient Man
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The former is engaged in commerce and the latter is the popular member for Leeds.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Commerce crowds our rivers and rails, our skies, harbors, and highways.
Through the centuries of war men have only played at commerce.
Commerce follows the flag only when the flag flies on merchant ships.
- the activity embracing all forms of the purchase and sale of goods and services
- social relations and exchange, esp of opinions, attitudes, etc
C16: from Latin commercium trade, from commercārī, from mercārī to trade, from merx merchandise
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Word Origin and History for commerce
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