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commerce

[kom-ers] /ˈkɒm ərs/
noun
1.
an interchange of goods or commodities, especially on a large scale between different countries (foreign commerce) or between different parts of the same country (domestic commerce) trade; business.
2.
social relations, especially the exchange of views, attitudes, etc.
3.
sexual intercourse.
4.
intellectual or spiritual interchange; communion.
5.
(initial capital letter). Also called Commerce Department. Informal. the Department of Commerce.
Origin of commerce
1530-1540
1530-40; < Middle French < Latin commercium, equivalent to commerc(ārī) to trade together (com- com- + mercārī to buy, deal, derivative of merc-, stem of merx goods) + -ium -ium
Synonyms
1. See trade.

Commerce

[kom-ers] /ˈkɒm ərs/
noun
1.
a town in SW California.
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  • There is the commerce of travellers, which is by no means inconsiderable; and there is the commerce of Mind.

    The Story of Perugia Margaret Symonds
  • What war could ravish, commerce could bestow, And he returned a friend, who came a foe.

    Essay on Man Alexander Pope
  • Has Fendall, or any of his confederates had commerce with this house, Captain Dauntrees?

  • Probably it will be done some time, but in the interests of commerce rather than war.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • Elsewhere, commerce had as yet done less for the cities, and their progress was less rapid.

British Dictionary definitions for commerce

commerce

/ˈkɒmɜːs/
noun
1.
the activity embracing all forms of the purchase and sale of goods and services
2.
social relations and exchange, esp of opinions, attitudes, etc
Word Origin
C16: from Latin commercium trade, from commercārī, from mercārī to trade, from merx merchandise
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Word Origin and History for commerce
n.

1530s, from Middle French commerce (14c.), from Latin commercium "trade, trafficking," from com- "together" (see com-) + merx (genitive mercis) "merchandise" (see market (n.)).

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