commercial

adjective
com·​mer·​cial | \kə-ˈmər-shəl \

Definition of commercial 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : occupied with or engaged in commerce or work intended for commerce a commercial artist

(2) : of or relating to commerce commercial regulations commercial services

(3) : characteristic of commerce commercial weights

(4) : suitable, adequate, or prepared for commerce found oil in commercial quantities

b(1) : being of an average or inferior quality commercial oxalic acid show-quality versus commercial cattle

(2) : producing artistic work of low standards for quick market success

2a : viewed with regard to profit a commercial success of no commercial value

b : designed for a large market commercial coffee production

3 : emphasizing skills and subjects useful in business a commercial school

4 : supported by advertisers commercial TV

commercial

noun

Definition of commercial (Entry 2 of 2)

: an advertisement on radio or television

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Other Words from commercial

Adjective

commerciality \ kə-​ˌmər-​shē-​ˈa-​lə-​tē \ noun
commercially \ kə-​ˈmər-​sh(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for commercial

Synonyms: Adjective

corporate, marketable, mass-market, salable (or saleable)

Antonyms: Adjective

noncommercial, nonsalable, uncommercial, unmarketable, unsalable

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Examples of commercial in a Sentence

Adjective

Their music is too commercial. The average American sees and hears thousands of commercial messages each day.

Noun

a commercial for a new kind of soap
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Demolition and construction could be complicated by the subway tunnel running directly underneath the property and could limit the commercial uses — i.e., no underground parking garages. Martine Powers, Washington Post, "Metro seeks buyer for downtown D.C. headquarters," 12 July 2018 The business got a big boost in late May when Japan’s Softbank Vision Fund agreed to buy a 19.6% stake in Cruise for $2.25 billion — more than half of which is contingent on having autonomous vehicles prepared for commercial use. Mark Bergen And Noah Buhayar, latimes.com, "GM puts pieces in place for self-driving taxis in San Francisco," 3 July 2018 That drug, tolvaptan, was approved for commercial use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in April under the brand name Jynarque. Andy Marso, kansascity, "Partnership that began in KC 35 years ago yields first treatment for kidney disease," 29 June 2018 That would allow FanDuel and DraftKings to operate under an exception to Indiana law that gives individuals control over the commercial use of their name. Mark Alesia, Indianapolis Star, "Five takeaways from state Supreme Court hearing on fantasy sports, athlete compensation," 28 June 2018 Emily Liu, director of Louisville Metro Planning and Design Services, said the property is zoned for commercial use, which means developers can technically build up to five stories. Kate Talerico, The Courier-Journal, "Parking for bikes but not cars? This development plan is going green," 28 June 2018 Meanwhile, in Detroit, electric self-driving shuttles began operation in what is reportedly the first commercial use of such technology on U.S. public streets. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: The Supreme Court upholds Trump’s travel ban; 17 states sue Trump," 27 June 2018 The Federal Aviation Administration regulates commercial use of unmanned aircraft and requires a remote pilot certificate. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Drone operators raise concerns about Milwaukee County's proposed ban of devices in parks and parkways," 22 June 2018 The company manufactures aluminum frames, windows and doors for commercial use. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Frameworks lease kicks off next phase north Houston industrial park," 21 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For years, the company has used Mr. Schnatter in television commercials and featured him in some of its logos. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "Papa John’s Scraps Founder John Schnatter From Branding," 13 July 2018 SharkNinja’s ads ran nationwide on the internet and in infomercials, television commercials and print from August to December 2014, promoting that its vacuums were as good as Dyson’s, but cheaper. Hailey Mensik, chicagotribune.com, "Dyson wins $16 million in false-advertising case against SharkNinja," 13 June 2018 The pair haven't given up their day jobs, though — Benavente is a full-time volunteer in the aid sector and Micolon is a commercial pilot. NBC News, "Two pilots spend savings on plane to rescue migrants in Mediterranean Sea," 20 May 2018 Sitting next to someone who’s watching a perpetual commercial is about as enjoyable as Chinese water torture, but without the side benefit of a free bath. James Breakwell, Indianapolis Star, "Xploding Unicorn: Watching my kids watch other kids do nothing," 26 Apr. 2018 Shalane Flanagan stars in a Nike commercial timed for the Boston Marathon. Ken Goe, OregonLive.com, "Alberto Salazar dishes on Galen Rupp, Jordan Hasay as Boston looms: Oregon track & field rundown," 10 Apr. 2018 Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt personally victimized by a shampoo commercial. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Marcus Francis on Why Shampoo Commercials Are a Lie," 5 Apr. 2018 So with less than a month to go until the special election, Lamb responded in kind with a TV commercial of his own, emphatically distancing himself from Pelosi. Chris Smith, The Hive, "“I Just Wish You Were Not with Pelosi”: The War to Oust Pelosi Is Already Raging . . . on the Left," 30 Mar. 2018 That should mean the company won’t have to edit its ads in future to avoid these types of weird iOS 11 bugs that are common enough to make it into a TV commercial. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Apple fixes its buggy iPhone X ad," 23 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of commercial

Adjective

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Noun

1935, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for commercial

Adjective

see commerce entry 1

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The first known use of commercial was in 1598

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More Definitions for commercial

commercial

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of commercial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: related to or used in the buying and selling of goods and services

: concerned with earning money

: relating to or based on the amount of profit that something earns

commercial

noun

English Language Learners Definition of commercial (Entry 2 of 2)

: an advertisement on radio or television

commercial

noun
com·​mer·​cial | \kə-ˈmər-shəl \

Kids Definition of commercial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an advertisement broadcast on radio or television

commercial

adjective

Kids Definition of commercial (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : having to do with the buying and selling of goods and services

2 : used to earn a profit a commercial jet

Other Words from commercial

commercially adverb

commercial

adjective
com·​mer·​cial

Legal Definition of commercial 

: of or relating to commerce commercial regulations

Other Words from commercial

commercially adverb

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