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  • 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.
  • 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 wiser." -Macaulay.
  • Sexual intercourse.
  • A round game at cards, in which the cards are subject to exchange, barter, or trade.
  • 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.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia



COMMERCE, n. A kind of transaction in which A plunders from B the
goods of C, and for compensation B picks the pocket of D of money
belonging to E.
- 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue



Com"merce (?), n. (Formerly accented on the second syllable.) [F. commerce, L. commercium; com- + merx, mercis, merchandise. See Merchant.] 1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Sexual intercourse. W. Montagu.

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

Chamber of commerce. See Chamber.

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

Com*merce" (? or ?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Commerced (#); p>. pr. & vb. n. Commercing.] [Cf. F. commercer, fr. LL. commerciare.] 1. To carry on trade; to traffic. [Obs.]

Beware you commerce not with bankrupts.
B. Jonson.

2. To hold intercourse; to commune. Milton.

Commercing with himself.
Tennyson.

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

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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