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- (US) IPA(key): /ˈkɑ.mɝs/
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkɒ.mɜs/ (Formerly accented on the second syllable.)
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- (business) The exchange or buying and selling of commodities; especially the exchange of merchandise, on a large scale, between different places or communities; extended trade or traffic.
- 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.
- 1881, Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque:
- Suppose we held our converse not in words, but in music; those who have a bad ear would find themselves cut off from all near commerce, and no better than foreigners in this big world.
- (obsolete) Sexual intercourse.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of W. Montagu to this entry?)
- A 19th-century French card game in which the cards are subject to exchange, barter, or trade.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Hoyle to this entry?)
- trade, traffic, dealings, intercourse, interchange, communion, communication
- See also Wikisaurus:sexual intercourse
large scale trade
- (dated) To carry on trade; to traffic.
- Beware you commerce not with bankrupts. -B. Jonson.
- (dated) To hold intercourse; to commune.
- Commercing with himself. -Tennyson.
- Musicians ... taught the people in angelic harmonies to commerce with heaven. -Prof. Wilson.
- commerce in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- “commerce”, in The Century Dictionary, New York: The Century Co., 1911
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commerce m (plural commerces)