commercial

adjective
com·​mer·​cial | \ kə-ˈmər-shəl How to pronounce commercial (audio) \

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
plural commercials

Definition of commercial (Entry 2 of 2)

: an advertisement included with another broadcast (as on radio, television, or a podcast)

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Other Words from commercial

Adjective

commerciality \ kə-​ˌmər-​shē-​ˈa-​lə-​tē How to pronounce commercial (audio) \ noun
commercially \ kə-​ˈmər-​sh(ə-​)lē How to pronounce commercial (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for commercial

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 But there’s a tremendous opportunity that exists for wealth managers in the world’s non-bankable assets, which includes private assets such as direct equity, residential and commercial real estate, family businesses, art and passion assets. Michael Spellacy, Forbes, "Authentic Opportunity: Wealth Managers Need A Strategy For Digital Assets," 12 Apr. 2021 In what may be a real estate industry first, bitcoin will now be accepted for residential and commercial rent at the Grove shopping center and other properties owned by Caruso. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Real Estate newsletter: Iconic Hearst estate hits the clearance rack," 10 Apr. 2021 The final figure for 2021 will not be determined until after the election, when local residential and commercial properties are appraised, although last year’s recapture was $1.2 million. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, "What Allen residents need to know about the attendance credit election before heading to the polls," 8 Apr. 2021 Several new products incorporate UVC-emitting LEDs to clean indoor air safely and effectively in both residential and commercial settings. Lighting Magazine Editors, Better Homes & Gardens, "6 Must-Try Lighting Trends for a Brighter, More Beautiful Home in 2021," 8 Apr. 2021 The Mills Act, named after him, has been credited with saving thousands of historic residential and commercial buildings from destruction in California by reducing property taxes for owners who preserve them. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, "James Mills, state legislator who championed public transit, historic preservation, dies at 93," 2 Apr. 2021 Kazemian worked in imports and exports, invested in residential and commercial real estate and franchised fashion stores and restaurants. Washington Post, "An Iranian diplomat, always on call, dies of covid-19," 30 Mar. 2021 Gilliam, who started her firm in 2004, is known primarily for residential and commercial projects in the Nashville area. Bebe Howorth, ELLE Decor, "Rhythm Infuses the Design of This New Nashville Museum," 30 Mar. 2021 At the start of the pandemic, sky-high residential and commercial real-estate values had made Manhattan unaffordable for many. WSJ, "Covid-19 Clobbered Manhattan. Lower Rents Could Seed Recovery.," 26 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The two met as kids, in Illinois, and were handpicked by Jordan to star in a commercial for his shoes—a fact that still astounds them. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "The Rise of the Athlete Podcaster," 29 Mar. 2021 My job ultimately is to tell Demi's story, but if Demi was interested in just basically cutting a commercial for her album [laughs], that wasn't going to be particularly interesting for me. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "Dancing With the Devil director says Demi Lovato had a 'physical reaction' watching her docuseries," 24 Mar. 2021 The winner of the competition will star in a national commercial for Cadbury and takes home $5,000. Fox 35 News Staff, FOX 35 Orlando, "Pet frog from Orlando is a finalist to become the next Cadbury Bunny," 11 Mar. 2021 That’s the plot of a television commercial for Smith & Wesson. New York Times, "The Most Important Gun Lawsuit You’ve Never Heard Of," 2 Mar. 2021 His arrest was first reported by TMZ earlier this month, following Springsteen’s appearance in a Super Bowl commercial for Jeep. Washington Post, "DWI, reckless driving charges against Bruce Springsteen dropped," 24 Feb. 2021 That moment helped earn Tatis a commercial for Gatorade product BOLT24. Bernie Wilson, ajc, "'Holy smokes': Padres rave about Tatis Jr.'s big contract," 18 Feb. 2021 Hamilton star Daveed Diggs rapped alongside Big Bird in a new commercial for the delivery service, DoorDash. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Daveed Diggs Raps with Big Bird in a Sesame Street-Themed DoorDash Ad for Super Bowl 2021," 7 Feb. 2021 Council Chairman Mike Lorino and then-Vice-Chairman Rykert Toledano were among a group of council members who made a political commercial for Brister. Sara Pagones | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Coronavirus, council clashes lead to turbulent first year for St. Tammany President Mike Cooper," 18 Jan. 2021

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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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Time Traveler for commercial

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The first known use of commercial was in 1598

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Last Updated

15 Apr 2021

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“Commercial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/commercial. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce commercial (audio) \

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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