Note: (Formerly accented on the second syllable.)
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.
Syn: -- Trade; traffic; dealings; intercourse; interchange; communion; communication.
Com·merce v. i. [imp. & p. p. Commerced p. pr. & vb. n. Commercing.]
1. To carry on trade; to traffic. [Obs.]
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.
n 1: transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of
supplying commodities (goods and services) [syn: commercialism,
2: 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 [syn: Department of Commerce, Commerce
3: social exchange, especially of opinions, attitudes, etc.