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commerce

COMMERCE, n.

1. In a general sense, an interchange or mutual change of goods, wares, productions, or property of any kind, between nations or individuals, either by barter, or by purchase and sale; trade; traffick. Commerce is foreign or inland. Foreign commerce is the trade which one nation carries on with another; inland commerce, or inland trade, is the trade in the exchange of commodities between citizens of the same nation or state. Active commerce.

2. Intercourse between individuals; interchange of work, business, civilities or amusements; mutual dealings in common life.

3. Familiar intercourse between the sexes.

4. Interchange; reciprocal communications; as, there is a vast commerce of ideas.

COMMERCE, v.i.

1. To traffick; to carry on trade.

2. To hold intercourse with.

And looks commercing with the skies.



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COMMERCE, n.

1. In a general sense, an interchange or mutual change of goods, wares, productions, or property of any kind, between nations or individuals, either by barter, or by purchase and sale; trade; traffick. Commerce is foreign or inland. Foreign commerce is the trade which one nation carries on with another; inland commerce, or inland trade, is the trade in the exchange of commodities between citizens of the same nation or state. Active commerce.

2. Intercourse between individuals; interchange of work, business, civilities or amusements; mutual dealings in common life.

3. Familiar intercourse between the sexes.

4. Interchange; reciprocal communications; as, there is a vast commerce of ideas.

COMMERCE, v.i.

1. To traffick; to carry on trade.

2. To hold intercourse with.

And looks commercing with the skies.

COM'MERCE, n. [Fr. commerce; L. commercium; con and mercor, to buy; merx, mereo. See Class Mr, No. 3. It. commercio; Sp. comercio; Port. commercio. Formerly accented on the second syllable.]

  1. In a general sense, an interchange or mutual change of goods, wares, productions, or property of any kind, between nations or individuals, either by barter, or by purchase and sale; trade; traffick. Commerce is foreign or inland. Foreign commerce is the trade which one nation carries on with another; inland commerce, or inland trade, is the trade in the exchange of commodities between citizens of the same nation or state. Active commerce. [See Active.]
  2. Intercourse between individuals; interchange of work, business, civilities or amusements; mutual dealings in common life.
  3. Familiar intercourse between the sexes.
  4. Interchange; reciprocal communications; as, there is a vast commerce of ideas. – D. Webster.

COM'MERCE, v.i.

  1. To traffick; to carry on trade. – Ralegh.
  2. To hold intercourse with. And looks commercing with the skies. – Milton.

Com"merce
  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. To carry on trade] to traffic.

    [Obs.]

    Beware you commerce not with bankrupts.
    B. Jonson.

  3. 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.

  4. To hold intercourse; to commune.

    Milton.

    Commercing with himself.
    Tennyson.

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

  5. Sexual intercourse.

    W. Montagu.
  6. 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.

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Commerce

COMMERCE, noun

1. In a general sense, an interchange or mutual change of goods, wares, productions, or property of any kind, between nations or individuals, either by barter, or by purchase and sale; trade; traffick. commerce is foreign or inland. Foreign commerce is the trade which one nation carries on with another; inland commerce or inland trade, is the trade in the exchange of commodities between citizens of the same nation or state. Active commerce

2. Intercourse between individuals; interchange of work, business, civilities or amusements; mutual dealings in common life.

3. Familiar intercourse between the sexes.

4. Interchange; reciprocal communications; as, there is a vast commerce of ideas.

COMMERCE, verb intransitive

1. To traffick; to carry on trade.

2. To hold intercourse with.

And looks commercing with the skies.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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