commerce

noun
com·​merce | \ ˈkä-(ˌ)mərs How to pronounce commerce (audio) \

Definition of commerce

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1 : social intercourse : interchange of ideas, opinions, or sentiments … a negotiated peace that will reestablish intellectual commerce among them …— P. B. Rice
2 : the exchange or buying and selling of commodities on a large scale involving transportation from place to place a major center of commerce interstate commerce

commerce

verb
com·​merce | \ ˈkä-(ˌ)mərs How to pronounce commerce (audio) , kə-ˈmərs\
commerced; commercing

Definition of commerce (Entry 2 of 2)

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Synonyms for commerce

Synonyms: Noun

business, marketplace, trade, traffic

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Noun

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.

Examples of commerce in a Sentence

Noun

He was the Secretary of Commerce under the last President. a government agency in charge of regulating interstate commerce

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The American delegation is led by a deputy U.S. trade representative, Jeffrey D. Gerrish, and includes agriculture, energy, commerce, treasury and State Department officials. Joe Mcdonald, The Seattle Times, "US-China trade talks start amid cooling economic growth," 7 Jan. 2019 WeChat has been integrated in many areas of commerce in China, including restaurants and shopping malls. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "A WeChat-powered hotel in China lets you check in, enter your room, and get breakfast through your phone," 21 Nov. 2018 Another round, covering other types of commerce, including oil purchases, goes into effect Nov. 4. Amir Vahdat, Fox News, "Iran: Trump needs to rejoin nuclear deal if he wants talks," 31 July 2018 The post office's revenue from shipping and package services, which includes boxes from Amazon and other e-commerce companies, rose 12 percent to $19.5 billion in fiscal year 2017 from the year before. Author: Ann D'innocenzio, David Koenigap, Anchorage Daily News, "Faster delivery of nearly everything is the next big thing," 1 July 2018 Analysts expressed interest in Adobe’s acquisition of e-commerce company Magento, which Adobe executive vice president John Murphy says is expected to close within the next week. Natasha Mascarenhas, SFChronicle.com, "Adobe reports record revenue in second quarter," 14 June 2018 These rumours have been fuelled by the fact that Mikitani is also the president of Rakuten, the Japanese e-commerce company that acts as Barcelona's main shirt sponsor. SI.com, "Japanese Reports Claim Andres Iniesta Move to Vissel Kobe Is Nearing Completion," 18 May 2018 Tibby shares sponsored posts promoting home goods from the e-commerce company Wayfair. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Influencer marketing goes to the dogs," 10 May 2018 Those, too, serve as a jumping-off point for discussions with readers, says Shep McAllister, Gizmodo’s senior director for commerce. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Sites like the Strategist, Wirecutter, and BuzzFeed Reviews want to help you find the best of the best.," 11 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of commerce

Noun

1537, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1596, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for commerce

Noun and Verb

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

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commerce

noun

Financial Definition of commerce

What It Is

Commerce is the exchange of goods, services or commodities on a large scale.

How It Works

Nearly every business transaction is a form of commerce: purchasing food at a restaurant, buying stocks on the stock market, selling goods in a store, drilling for oil, etc.

The financial industry often breaks down commerce into more specific categories. For example, international commerce takes place between countries, interstate commerce is done across state lines, and electric commerce (e-commerce) takes place via the Internet.

Why It Matters

Commerce is the fundamental action that takes place in every transaction involving money and/or trade. It is the basic component of the business and financial world.

In most countries, commerce is regulated; the extent of the regulation is a reflection of monetary policy, fiscal policy and political conditions. In the U.S., the Department of Commerce has a broad mandate to advance economic growth and job opportunities for Americans. It has a broad range of responsibilities, a very small sample of which includes gathering and releasing data on GDP, performing the decennial census, and running the Patent and Trademark Office.

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commerce

noun

English Language Learners Definition of commerce

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

commerce

noun
com·​merce | \ ˈkä-mərs How to pronounce commerce (audio) , -ˌmərs\

Kids Definition of commerce

: the buying and selling of goods especially on a large scale and between different places : trade

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commerce

noun
com·​merce

Legal Definition of commerce

1 : the exchange or buying and selling of goods, commodities, property, or services especially on a large scale and involving transportation from place to place : trade sense 2 — see also commerce clause, Fair Labor Standards Act
2 : the act of engaging in sexual intercourse

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