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com·merce

 (kŏm′ərs)
n.
1. The buying and selling of goods, especially on a large scale, as between cities or nations. See Synonyms at business.
2. Intellectual exchange or social interaction.
3. Sexual intercourse.

[French, from Old French, from Latin commercium : com-, com- + merx, merc-, merchandise.]

commerce

(ˈkɒmɜːs)
n
1. (Commerce) the activity embracing all forms of the purchase and sale of goods and services
2. social relations and exchange, esp of opinions, attitudes, etc
[C16: from Latin commercium trade, from commercārī, from mercārī to trade, from merx merchandise]

com•merce

(ˈkɒm ərs)

n.
1. an interchange of goods or commodities between different countries or between areas of the same country; trade.
2. social relations, esp. the exchange of views, attitudes, etc.
3. sexual intercourse.
[1530–40; < Middle French < Latin commercium <com- + mercārī to buy <merx goods]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.commerce - transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services)commerce - transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services)
trading - buying or selling securities or commodities
trade - the commercial exchange (buying and selling on domestic or international markets) of goods and services; "Venice was an important center of trade with the East"; "they are accused of conspiring to constrain trade"
e-commerce - commerce conducted electronically (as on the internet)
interchange, exchange - reciprocal transfer of equivalent sums of money (especially the currencies of different countries); "he earns his living from the interchange of currency"
initial offering, initial public offering, IPO - a corporation's first offer to sell stock to the public
business enterprise, commercial enterprise, business - the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects; "computers are now widely used in business"
shipping, transport, transportation - the commercial enterprise of moving goods and materials
carriage trade - trade from upper-class customers
transaction, dealing, dealings - the act of transacting within or between groups (as carrying on commercial activities); "no transactions are possible without him"; "he has always been honest is his dealings with me"
importation, importing - the commercial activity of buying and bringing in goods from a foreign country
exporting, exportation - the commercial activity of selling and shipping goods to a foreign country
marketing - the commercial processes involved in promoting and selling and distributing a product or service; "most companies have a manager in charge of marketing"
distribution - the commercial activity of transporting and selling goods from a producer to a consumer
marketing, merchandising, selling - the exchange of goods for an agreed sum of money
traffic - buying and selling; especially illicit trade
defrayal, defrayment, payment - the act of paying money
evasion, nonpayment - the deliberate act of failing to pay money; "his evasion of all his creditors"; "he was indicted for nonpayment"
usance - the period of time permitted by commercial usage for the payment of a bill of exchange (especially a foreign bill of exchange)
commercialise, commercialize, market - make commercial; "Some Amish people have commercialized their way of life"
buy, purchase - obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction; "The family purchased a new car"; "The conglomerate acquired a new company"; "She buys for the big department store"
take - buy, select; "I'll take a pound of that sausage"
get - purchase; "What did you get at the toy store?"
clear - sell; "We cleared a lot of the old model cars"
turn - get by buying and selling; "the company turned a good profit after a year"
negociate - sell or discount; "negociate securities"
sell - exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent; "He sold his house in January"; "She sells her body to survive and support her drug habit"
sell short - sell securities or commodities or foreign currency that is not actually owned by the seller, who hopes to cover (buy back) the sold items at a lower price and thus to earn a profit
remainder - sell cheaply as remainders; "The publisher remaindered the books"
resell - sell (something) again after having bought it
deaccession - sell (art works) from a collection, especially in order to raise money for the purchase of other art works; "The museum deaccessioned several important works of this painter"
fob off, foist off, palm off - sell as genuine, sell with the intention to deceive
realise, realize - convert into cash; of goods and property
auction, auction off, auctioneer - sell at an auction
sell, trade, deal - do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood; "She deals in gold"; "The brothers sell shoes"
transact - conduct business; "transact with foreign governments"
deal - sell; "deal hashish"
retail - sell on the retail market
wholesale - sell in large quantities
liquidize, sell out, sell up - get rid of all one's merchandise
trade in, trade - turn in as payment or part payment for a purchase; "trade in an old car for a new one"
merchandise, trade - engage in the trade of; "he is merchandising telephone sets"
traffic - trade or deal a commodity; "They trafficked with us for gold"
arbitrage - practice arbitrage, as in the stock market
turn over - do business worth a certain amount of money; "The company turns over ten million dollars a year"
2.commerce - the United States federal department that promotes and administers domestic and foreign trade (including management of the census and the patent office)Commerce - the United States federal department that promotes and administers domestic and foreign trade (including management of the census and the patent office); created in 1913
executive department - a federal department in the executive branch of the government of the United States
Bureau of the Census, Census Bureau - the bureau of the Commerce Department responsible for taking the census; provides demographic information and analyses about the population of the United States
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA - an agency in the Department of Commerce that maps the oceans and conserves their living resources; predicts changes to the earth's environment; provides weather reports and forecasts floods and hurricanes and other natural disasters related to weather
Technology Administration - an agency in the Department of Commerce that works with United States industries to promote competitiveness and maximize the impact of technology on economic growth
Patent and Trademark Office Database, Patent Office - the government bureau in the Department of Commerce that keeps a record of patents and trademarks and grants new ones
3.commerce - social exchange, especially of opinions, attitudes, etc.
conversation - the use of speech for informal exchange of views or ideas or information etc.

commerce

noun
Commercial, industrial, or professional activity in general:
Translations
تِجارَه
obchod
handel
verslun, viîskipti
komercializmaskomercijakomerciniskomivojažieriuskrovininis
komercijatirdzniecība
trgovina

commerce

[ˈkɒmɜːs] Ncomercio m
Chamber of CommerceCámara f de Comercio

commerce

[ˈkɒmɜːrs] ncommerce m

commerce

n
Handel m; (between countries also) → Handelsverkehr m; in the world of commerceim Geschäftsleben; he is in commerceer ist Geschäftsmann
(form: = dealings) → Verkehr m

commerce

[ˈkɒmɜːs] ncommercio
commerce between the two countries → scambi commerciali fra i due paesi

commerce

(ˈkoməːs) noun
the exchange of goods between nations or people; trade on a large scale. He is engaged in commerce.
commercial (kəˈməːʃəl) adjective
1. connected with commerce. Private cars are allowed to use this road but not commercial vehicles.
2. (likely to be) profitable. a commercial proposition.
3. paid for by advertisements. commercial television.
noun
a TV or radio advertisement. I enjoyed the play but the commercials irritated me.
commercialize, commercialise (kəˈməːʃəlaiz) verb
to try to make (something) a source of profit. Christmas has become commercialized.
commercialism (kəˈməːʃəlizəm) noun
commercial traveller
a travelling representative of a business firm.
References in classic literature ?
No populous city, with all the varieties of commerce and stately structures, could afford so much pleasure to my mind, as the beauties of nature I found here.
Such occasions might remind the elderly citizen of that period, before the last war with England, when Salem was a port by itself; not scorned, as she is now, by her own merchants and ship-owners, who permit her wharves to crumble to ruin while their ventures go to swell, needlessly and imperceptibly, the mighty flood of commerce at New York or Boston.
Now this ambergris is a very curious substance, and so important as an article of commerce, that in a certain Nantucket-born Captain Coffin was examined at the bar of the English House of Commons on that subject.
or swine, or the packing of any of their products, the carcasses or products of which are to become subjects of interstate or foreign commerce, shall make application to the Secretary of Agriculture for inspection of said animals and their products.
Trade and commerce, if they were not made of india-rubber, would never manage to bounce over obstacles which legislators are continually putting in their way; and if one were to judge these men wholly by the effects of their actions and not partly by their intentions, they would deserve to be classed and punished with those mischievious persons who put obstructions on the railroads.
Man and his affairs, church and state and school, trade and commerce, and manufactures and agriculture even politics, the most alarming of them all--I am pleased to see how little space they occupy in the landscape.
Where was my great commerce that so lately had made these glistening expanses populous and beautiful with its white-winged flocks?
The article of commerce called chamois-skin is another fraud; nobody could skin a chamois, it is too small.
He had blue eyes and flaxen curls like his white comrade, but even the father of the white child was able to tell the children apart--little as he had commerce with them--by their clothes; for the white babe wore ruffled soft muslin and a coral necklace, while the other wore merely a coarse tow-linen shirt which barely reached to its knees, and no jewelry.
My rich cousin is a booby who thrives on landed property; he has done something for another booby who thrives on Politics, who knows a third booby who thrives on Commerce, who can do something for a fourth booby, thriving at present on nothing, whose name is Frank.
In spite of every kind of discouragement, and even of the special court of taxations already mentioned, called the Jews' Exchequer, erected for the very purpose of despoiling and distressing them, the Jews increased, multiplied, and accumulated huge sums, which they transferred from one hand to another by means of bills of exchange an invention for which commerce is said to be indebted to them, and which enabled them to transfer their wealth from land to land, that when threatened with oppression in one country, their treasure might be secured in another.
And it must be confessed, that from the great intercourse of trade and commerce between both realms, from the continual reception of exiles which is mutual among them, and from the custom, in each empire, to send their young nobility and richer gentry to the other, in order to polish themselves by seeing the world, and understanding men and manners; there are few persons of distinction, or merchants, or seamen, who dwell in the maritime parts, but what can hold conversation in both tongues; as I found some weeks after, when I went to pay my respects to the emperor of Blefuscu, which, in the midst of great misfortunes, through the malice of my enemies, proved a very happy adventure to me, as I shall relate in its proper place.