Com"merce (?), n. (Formerly accented on the second syllable.) [F. commerce, L. commercium; com- + merx, mercis, merchadise. See Merchant.]


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.

The public becomes powerful in proportion to the opulence and extensive commerce of private men. Hume.


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. Macaulay.


Sexual intercourse.

W. Montagu.


A round game at cards, in which the cards are subject to exchange, barter, or trade.


Chamber of commerce. See Chamber.

Syn. -- Trade; traffic; dealings; intercourse; interchange; communion; communication.


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Com*merce" (? ∨ ), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Commerced (#); p>. pr. & vb. n. Commercing.] [Cf. F. commercer, fr. LL. commerciare.]


To carry on trade; to traffic.


Beware you commerce not with bankrupts. B. Jonson.


To hold intercourse; to commune.


Commercing with himself. Tennyson.

Musicians . . . taught the people in angelic harmonies to commerce with heaven. Prof. Wilson.


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