Definitions for: Commerce

[n] transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services)
[n] social exchange, especially of opinions, attitudes, etc.
[n] the federal department that promotes and administers domestic and foreign trade (including management of the census and the patent office); created in 1913

Webster (1913) Definition: Com"merce, n.

Note: (Formerly accented on the second syllable.) [F.
commerce, L. commercium; com- + merx, mercis,
merchandise. 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

The public becomes powerful in proportion to the
opulence and extensive commerce of private men.

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.

3. Sexual intercourse. --W. Montagu.

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

Chamber of commerce. See Chamber.

Syn: Trade; traffic; dealings; intercourse; interchange;
communion; communication.

Synonyms: Commerce Department, commercialism, Department of Commerce, mercantilism

See Also: Bureau of the Census, business, business enterprise, carriage trade, Census Bureau, commercial enterprise, conversation, dealing, dealings, defrayal, defrayment, distribution, evasion, exchange, executive department, exportation, exporting, importation, importing, initial offering, initial public offering, interchange, IPO, marketing, merchandising, National Weather Service, nonpayment, payment, selling, shipping, trade, trading, traffic, transaction, transport, transportation

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