Definition of commerce
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
Examples of commerce in a Sentence
He was the Secretary of Commerce under the last President.
a government agency in charge of regulating interstate commerce
Recent Examples of commerce from the Web
Amazon takes about 70 percent of all e-book sales and 30 percent of all U.S. e-commerce.
Even in an era of growing e-commerce, having a physical location where people can see their sunglasses up close and try them on is vital for the company, Dame said.
The Obama administration’s Iran deal resulted in the lifting of many sanctions that Turkey was eager to see go away, and Turkey is already benefiting from additional commerce between itself and Iran.
The FTC and the Justice Department are tasked with reviewing transactions worth more than $78 million that would affect commerce in the United States.
Sheridan, the chamber of commerce president, got involved in local politics when there was talk of closing down the school his children attended in the Quaker Hill section of Waterford.
By the mid-1990s China’s economy was booming and commerce consigned dissidents to the margins once again.
Thursday at the 10th annual Alabama Hip-Hop Week is all about local commerce.
Instead of being seen as environmental advocates, people like the General and Orr are often regarded by legislators as a threat to the state’s tourism and commerce.
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Origin and Etymology of commerce
Middle French, from Latin commercium, from com- + merc-, merx merchandise
First Known Use: 1537See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of commerce
Financial Definition of COMMERCE
What It Is
Commerce is the exchange of goods, services or commodities on a large scale.
How It Works
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.
COMMERCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of commerce for English Language Learners
: activities that relate to the buying and selling of goods and services
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