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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkɒm.əs/, (verb, dated) /kəˈmɜːs/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈkɑ.mɚs/, (verb, dated) /kəˈmɝs/
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- Rhymes: (Received Pronunciation) -ɒməs, (Received Pronunciation, dated) -ɜːs
- (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.
- (obsolete) Sexual intercourse.
- carnal commerce
- 1648, Walter Montagu, Miscellanea Spiritualia, or Devout Essaies:
- these perillous commerces of our love
- (card games) An 18th-century French card game in which the cards are subject to exchange, barter, or trade.
- trade, traffic, dealings, intercourse, interchange, communion, communication
- See also Thesaurus:copulation
large scale trade
- (intransitive, archaic) To carry on trade; to traffic.
- 1599 (first performance; published 1600), Benjamin Jonson [i.e., Ben Jonson], “Euery Man out of His Humour. A Comicall Satyre. […]”, in The Workes of Ben Jonson (First Folio), London: […] Will[iam] Stansby, published 1616, →OCLC, (please specify the act number in uppercase Roman numerals, and the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals):
- Beware you commerce not with bankrupts.
- (intransitive, archaic) To hold conversation; to communicate.
- 1842, Alfred Tennyson, “Walking to the Mail”, in Poems. […], volume II, London: Edward Moxon, […], →OCLC, page 48:
- No, sir, he, / Vex'd with a morbid devil in his blood / That veil'd the world with jaundice, hid his face / From all men, and commercing with himself, / He lost the sense that handles daily life— […]
- 1844, John Wilson, Essay on the Genius, and Character of Burns:
- Musicians […] taught the people in angelic harmonies to commerce with heaven.
- “commerce”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “commerce”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
commerce m (plural commerces)
- “commerce”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
- Alcée Fortier, Louisiana Folktales