• (GA) IPA: /ˈkɑm.ɚs/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈkɒm.əs/, /kɒˈmɜːs/


  1. (business) The exchange or buying and selling of commodities; especially the exchange of merchandise, on a large scale, between different places or communities; extended trade or traffic.
  2. Social intercourse; the dealings of one person or class in society with another; familiarity.
    • 1911, Thomas Babington Macaulay, “[,_John Bunyan, John]”, in 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica:
      Fifteen years of thought, observation, and commerce with the world had made him [Bunyan] wiser.
    • 1881, Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque:
      Suppose we held our converse not in words, but in music; those who have a bad ear would find themselves cut off from all near commerce, and no better than foreigners in this big world.
  3. (obsolete) Sexual intercourse.
  4. An 18th-century French card game in which the cards are subject to exchange, barter, or trade.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • Russian: обще́ние
  • French: rapports
  • Russian: сноше́ние

commerce (commerces, present participle commercing; past and past participle commerced)

  1. (intransitive, archaic) To carry on trade; to traffic.
    • 1599, Ben Jonson, Every Man out of His Humour
      Beware you commerce not with bankrupts.
  2. (intransitive, archaic) To hold intercourse; to commune.
    • ?, Alfred Tennyson, Walking to the Mail
      commercing with himself
    • Musicians […] taught the people in angelic harmonies to commerce with heaven.

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