- See under commerce(def 1).
- 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.
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- the activity embracing all forms of the purchase and sale of goods and services
- social relations and exchange, esp of opinions, attitudes, etc
Word Origin for commerce
C16: from Latin commercium trade, from commercārī, from mercārī to trade, from merx merchandise
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Word Origin and History for domestic commerce
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