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commerce

[kom-ers]
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:
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


1. See trade.
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commerce (ˈkɒmɜːs)
 
n
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
 
[C16: from Latin commercium trade, from commercārī, from mercārī to trade, from merx merchandise]

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commerce
1530s, from M.Fr. commerce, from L. commercium "trade, trafficking," from com- "together" + merx (gen. mercis) "merchandise" (see market).
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Example sentences
The gradual opening up of domestic commerce, financial services and tourism is under way.
They carry our exports to customers around the world and support the flow of domestic commerce on our maritime highways.
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