Commerce meaning

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The definition of commerce means the buying and selling goods on a large scale or social relations.

An example of commerce is trade between two countries.

An example of commerce is the social or intellectual exchanges amongst a group of friends.

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(business) The exchange or buying and selling of commodities; especially the exchange of merchandise, on a large scale, between different places or communities; extended trade or traffic.
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Intellectual exchange or social interaction.
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The buying and selling of goods, especially on a large scale, as between cities or nations.
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Commerce that involves the transport of goods, materials, products, services, or people across international boundaries.
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The buying and selling of goods, esp. when done on a large scale between cities, states, or countries; trade.
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(dated) To hold intercourse; to commune.

Commercing with himself. -Tennyson.

Musicians ... taught the people in angelic harmonies to commerce with heaven. -Prof. Wilson.

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A round game at cards, in which the cards are subject to exchange, barter, or trade.

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The exchange of goods, materials, products, and services or the travel of people.
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Social intercourse; the dealings of one person or class in society with another; familiarity.
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Commerce that involves the transport of goods, materials, products, services, and people within the United States but across state boundaries.
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(dated) To carry on trade; to traffic.

Beware you commerce not with bankrupts. -B. Jonson.

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Social intercourse.
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Commerce that completely takes place within the boundaries of a state.
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To have personal dealings (with)
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Sexual intercourse.
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Sexual intercourse.
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Origin of commerce

  • French from Old French from Latin commercium com- com- merx merc- merchandise
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle French commerce, from Latin commercium (“commerce, trade”), from com- (“together”) + merx (“good, wares, merchandise”); see merchant, mercenary
    From Wiktionary