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Commerce (noun)

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Cómmerce. n.s. [commercium, Latin. It was anciently accented on the last syllable.] Intercourse; exchange of one thing for another; interchange of any thing; trade; traffick.

Places of publick resort being thus provided, our repair thither is especially for mutual conference, and, as it were, commerce to be had between God and us. Hooker, b. v. s. 17.

            How could communities,
Degrees in schools, and brotherhoods in cities,
Peaceful commerce from dividable shores,
But by degree stand in authentick place?
Sh. Troil. and Cress.

Instructed ships shall sail to quick commerce,
By which remotest regions are ally'd;
Which makes one city of the universe,
Where some may gain, and all may be supply'd.
Dryden.

These people had not any commerce with the other known parts of the world. Tillotson.

In any country, that hath commerce with the rest of the world, it is almost impossible now to be without the use of silver coin. Locke.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Hooker, Richard (175) · Locke, John (269) · Tillotson, John (68) · Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida (36)

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