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See also: commercé
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈkɑm.ɚs/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkɒm.əs/, (dated) /kɒˈmɜːs/
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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 Thesaurus:copulation
large scale trade
- (intransitive, archaic) To carry on trade; to traffic.
- Ben Jonson
- Beware you commerce not with bankrupts.
- Ben Jonson
- (intransitive, archaic) To hold intercourse; to commune.
- commercing with himself
- Prof. Wilson
- Musicians […] taught the people in angelic harmonies to commerce with heaven.
- commerce in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- commerce in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
commerce m (plural commerces)