commerce

noun
com·​merce | \ ˈkä-(ˌ)mərs \

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, 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

Kansas City left 5-star product reviews on the e-commerce site, Calgary offered to rename their city, and Birmingham promised to install massive Dash buttons in its downtown, all in attempts to become North America’s next big company town. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Amazon HQ2 bids: The weird ways cities wanted to woo Bezos," 27 Dec. 2018 The e-commerce site now has 160,000 employees and 300 million customers. Austen Hufford And Te-ping Chen, WSJ, "JD.com Founder Liu Won’t Face Charges in Sexual-Assault Case," 21 Dec. 2018 By using affiliate links, publications receive a commission when readers click on a link to an e-commerce site and then buy something. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Sites like the Strategist, Wirecutter, and BuzzFeed Reviews want to help you find the best of the best.," 11 Dec. 2018 Starting today, Monse will make a selection of Pre-Fall 2019 items available on its e-commerce site, donating 100 percent of the proceeds across the six shelters. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Best Holiday Shopping Benefits Animal Adoption," 8 Dec. 2018 Backdrop is a direct-to-consumer brand with an e-commerce site, so that means no more trips to the hardware store. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "This New Company Is Cutting Out The Annoying Parts Of Painting We’ve Just Come To Accept As Normal," 6 Dec. 2018 If Westeros managed to stabilize its government, expand commerce, invest in public institutions and infrastructure, and emphasize knowledge and reason when setting policy, that would go a long way to reducing the violence over time. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "New study gives some handy tips on how to survive on Game of Thrones," 9 Dec. 2018 Or, to borrow from the universal language of commerce, ka-ching! This story appears in the December 2018/January 2019 issue of Town & Country. Horacio Silva, Town & Country, "A Guide to Miami's Chicest Shopping Districts," 30 Nov. 2018 China is pitted against its smaller neighbors in multiple disputes in the sea over coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves. Annabelle Liang, The Seattle Times, "Southeast Asian-centered trade deal set for further delays," 14 Nov. 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, -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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