Commerce

Definition of Commerce

Com`merce´
n.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.
4.A round game at cards, in which the cards are subject to exchange, barter, or trade.
Chamber of commerce
See Chamber.
v. i.1.To carry on trade; to traffic.
[imp. & p. p. Commerced ; p. pr. & vb. n. Commercing.]
Beware you commerce not with bankrupts.
- B. Jonson.
2.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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