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Definitions of commerce

  1. the federal department that promotes and administers domestic and foreign trade ( including management of the census and the patent office); created in 1913
  2. transactions ( sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities ( goods and services)
  3. social exchange, especially of opinions, attitudes, etc.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. Social intercourse; the dealings of one person or class in society with another; familiarity.
  7. Sexual intercourse.
  8. A round game at cards, in which the cards are subject to exchange, barter, or trade.
  9. To carry on trade; to traffic.
  10. To hold intercourse; to commune.
  11. As defined by the Lanham Act, trade that the federal government is authorized to regulate. To qualify for federal trademark protection and registration, a mark must have first been used in commerce. In practice, this means that a product or service must be sold outside of the state in which it originates, be advertised out of state or cater to travelers, such as a hotel, before it can qualify for trademark protection.
  12. The interchange of goods or commodities, especially on a large scale, between different countries or between populations within the same country. It includes trade ( the buying, selling, or exchanging of commodities, whether wholesale or retail) and business ( the purchase and sale of goods to make a profit). ( From Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 2d ed, p411, p2005 & p283)
  13. Interchange of merchandise on a large scale between nations or individuals; intercourse.
  14. Interchange of merchandise on a large scale between nations or individuals: extended trade or traffic: intercourse: fellowship.
  15. Interchange of commodities; traffic; intercourse.
  16. To commune.
  17. Exchange of goods or productions, as between states or nations; extended trade; intercourse.
  18. An interchange in commodities between natione or individuals; trade; traffic; intercourse; a game at cards.
  19. Trade; traffic; an interchange of productions and manufactures between nations or individuals; intercourse.
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Usage examples for commerce

  1. It had an enormous commerce – Christopher Columbus by Mildred Stapley
  2. He appears to have tried to earn a little money by commerce as well as by map- making. – Christopher Columbus by Mildred Stapley
  3. Already West India commerce had resumed very nearly its old volume. – Union and Democracy by Allen Johnson
  4. It has some commerce for there were three or four American vessels in the harbour loading with hides. – The Three Lieutenants by W.H.G. Kingston
  5. Commerce was slow to grow up among them. – The Nation in a Nutshell by George Makepeace Towle
  6. I feel that these are complicated words to explain a very simple relation, and I pause to wonder what is left to me if I wished to describe his commerce with Mrs. Harbottle. – The Pool in the Desert by Sara Jeanette Duncan
  7. Charles V. was perfectly aware that commerce was the strength of the nation, and that the foundation of their commerce was liberty. – The Revolt of The Netherlands, Complete by Frederich Schiller
  8. He said, " The Department of Commerce has been helpful. – Backlash by Winston Marks
  9. Hence, commerce is alternately permitted and forbidden in time of war, as princes think it most for the interest of their subjects. – The Laws Of War, Affecting Commerce And Shipping by H. Byerley Thomson
  10. And this alike in politics, in commerce and in other material affairs. – Feminism and Sex-Extinction by Arabella Kenealy
  11. English merchants feared that American commerce when no longer confined to its old paths by legislation, would somehow find its way to France and Holland and Spain and other countries, until nothing would be left for England. – The Critical Period of American History by John Fiske
  12. What then remains, or what method is discovered of holding commerce with them? – A Selection from the Discourses of Epictetus With the Encheiridion by Epictetus
  13. They shewed great readiness, however, to part with any thing they had, and took from us whatever we offered them in exchange, but were more desirous of iron than of any other of our articles of commerce appearing to be perfectly acquainted with the use of that metal. – A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 16 by Robert Kerr
  14. Value of Foreign Commerce – History of the United States, Volume 6 (of 6) by E. Benjamin Andrews
  15. His first object in giving this order, however, was to get citizens for his towns, and thereby encourage commerce and peaceful occupations. – The Story of Norway by Hjalmar H. Boyesen
  16. We pass in succession huge buildings devoted to commerce education, religion and law; we pass beautiful gardens, and quickly we arrive at the Temple. – London's Underworld by Thomas Holmes
  17. But instead of throwing open the western frontier of Germany to free commerce and communication we maintained our blockade and our boycott, thereby forcing New Germany to turn to the East for its ideals and institutions. – The New Germany by George Young
  18. The whole Nile is now opened to commerce – History Of Egypt From 330 B.C. To The Present Time, Volume 12 (of 12) by S. Rappoport
  19. I was not sure but that this sort of easy commerce might produce a feeling of complacency which might be mistaken for love. – Coelebs In Search of a Wife by Hannah More
  20. She may stand for the invisible creation no doubt, but she would never have commerce with it. – Lore of Proserpine by Maurice Hewlett
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