commerce

noun
com·​merce | \ˈkä-(ˌ)mərs \

Definition of commerce 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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, kə-ˈmərs\
commerced; commercing

Definition of commerce (Entry 2 of 2)

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Synonyms & Antonyms for commerce

Synonyms: Noun

dealings, interaction, intercourse, relation

Antonyms: Noun

nonintercourse

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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

That would mark a nearly 30 percent jump from last year, during which Amazon controlled 44 percent of the e-commerce market. Adam K. Raymond, Daily Intelligencer, "Amazon’s Share of U.S. E-Commerce Market Approaches 50 Percent," 13 July 2018 This is the cream and sugar of Shiru’s clever business model, a benign-seeming variation on the data-mining that drives so much modern commerce. Graham Ambrose, BostonGlobe.com, "Free coffee — with a catch — is coming to Massachusetts," 14 July 2018 Who would have ever thought an internet commerce company would do that! Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "Is Netflix best bet for cord-cutters or should you consider Amazon, Hulu or Vudu?," 13 July 2018 Who better epitomizes the notion of commerce over art more strongly? Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Elvis Presley as metaphor for America in 'The King'," 12 July 2018 As global commerce grew, so did the Port of Portland. Longreads, "Oregon’s Racist Past," 12 July 2018 For one thing, the movie inadvertently argues that the Space Force can help ensure global commerce in space, which in reality is a worthy goal. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "5 Space Forces From Sci-Fi and What We Can Learn From Them," 6 July 2018 Alibaba’s investment in Lazada, South-East Asia’s largest e-commerce platform, has soaked up $4bn. The Economist, "Chinese and US tech giants go at it in emerging markets," 5 July 2018 Competition with Amazon also drove one of the biggest overseas acquisitions by an American company so far this year: Walmart’s $16 billion deal for a majority stake in Flipkart, India’s leading e-commerce platform. New York Times, "A Record $2.5 Trillion in Mergers Were Announced in the First Half of 2018," 3 July 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

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

Verb

see commerce entry 1

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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, -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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