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commerce

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noun com·merce \ˈkä-(ˌ)mərs\

Simple Definition of commerce

  • : activities that relate to the buying and selling of goods and services

Full Definition of commerce

  1. 1 :  social intercourse :  interchange of ideas, opinions, or sentiments

  2. 2 :  the exchange or buying and selling of commodities on a large scale involving transportation from place to place

  3. 3 :  sexual intercourse

Examples of commerce

  1. He was the Secretary of Commerce under the last President.

  2. <a government agency in charge of regulating interstate commerce>



Origin of commerce

Middle French, from Latin commercium, from com- + merc-, merx merchandise


First Known Use: 1537

Synonym Discussion of commerce

business, commerce, trade, industry, traffic mean activity concerned with the supplying and distribution of commodities. business may be an inclusive term but specifically designates the activities of those engaged in the purchase or sale of commodities or in related financial transactions. commerce and trade imply the exchange and transportation of commodities. industry applies to the producing of commodities, especially by manufacturing or processing, usually on a large scale. traffic applies to the operation and functioning of public carriers of goods and persons.

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commerce

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verb com·merce \ˈkä-(ˌ)mərs, kə-ˈmərs\

Definition of commerce

com·mercedcom·merc·ing

archaic

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  commune



1596

First Known Use of commerce

1596



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