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Definition of "commerce" []

  • The buying and selling of goods, especially on a large scale, as between cities or nations. See Synonyms at business. (noun)
  • Intellectual exchange or social interaction. (noun)
  • Sexual intercourse. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "commerce" in a sentence
  • "The more perfect the power of association the greater must be the power to maintain commerce, for _every act of association is an act of commerce_, as it is proposed now to show, beginning at the beginning, in the family, which long precedes the nation."
  • "The architectural appearance of this edifice reminds us a little of the severe style of the florentine architecture; the large doorway is ornamented with the attributes of commerce, as likewise the coping of the edifice; two bas-reliefs, of eight and a half feet high, and sculptured on stone by David, representing the _symbols of navigation and commerce_, decorate the middle of the facade on the first floor."
  • "It's Official: President Obama names GOP Senator Judd Gregg Commerce Secretary The president officially taps New Hampshire Senator Judd Gregg, a Republican, for the position of commerce secretary at a ceremony at the White House this morning."