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commerce Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services)
    mercantilism; commercialism.
  2. noun 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
    Commerce Department; Department of Commerce; DoC.
  3. noun social exchange, especially of opinions, attitudes, etc.

Com"merce noun
F. commerce, L. commercium; com- + merx, mercis, merchadise. See Merchant.
  1. The exchange or buying and selling of commodities; esp. the exchange of merchandise, on a large scale, between different places or communities; extended trade or traffic.
    The public becomes powerful in proportion to the opulence and extensive commerce of private men. Hume.
  2. Social intercourse; the dealings of one person or class in society with another; familiarity.
    Fifteen years of thought, observation, and commerce with the world had made him [Bunyan] wiser. Macaulay.
  3. Sexual intercourse. W. Montagu.
  4. A round game at cards, in which the cards are subject to exchange, barter, or trade. Hoyle. Syn. -- Trade; traffic; dealings; intercourse; interchange; communion; communication.
Com*merce" intransitive verb
Cf. F. commercer, fr. LL. commerciare.
imperfect & past participle Commerced p> present & verbal noun Commercing
  1. To carry on trade; to traffic. Obs.
    Beware you commerce not with bankrupts. B. Jonson.
  2. To hold intercourse; to commune. Milton.
    Commercing with himself. Tennyson.
    Musicians . . . taught the people in angelic harmonies to commerce with heaven. Prof. Wilson.

Webster 1913