Synonyms of commerce

1 the buying and selling of goods especially on a large scale and between different places
  • a government agency in charge of regulating interstate commerce

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2 doings between individuals or groups
  • when I was doing outside consulting for the company, I never had much commerce with the in-house staff

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Antonyms for commerce

  • nonintercourse
3 sexual union involving penetration of the vagina by the penis
  • rumors of commerce between the lady and the knight spread throughout the court

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Frequently Asked Questions About commerce

How is the word commerce distinct from other similar nouns?

Some common synonyms of commerce are business, industry, trade, and traffic. While all these words mean "activity concerned with the supplying and distribution of commodities," commerce and trade imply the exchange and transportation of commodities.

When might business be a better fit than commerce?

The meanings of business and commerce largely overlap; however, 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.

Where would industry be a reasonable alternative to commerce?

The words industry and commerce are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, industry applies to the producing of commodities, especially by manufacturing or processing, usually on a large scale.

When would traffic be a good substitute for commerce?

The synonyms traffic and commerce are sometimes interchangeable, but traffic applies to the operation and functioning of public carriers of goods and persons.

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The first known use of commerce was in 1537

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“Commerce.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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