Definition of commercial in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəˈməːʃ(ə)l/


1Concerned with or engaged in commerce: a commercial agreement
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  • A commercial agreement is between the parties concerned and should have nothing to do with what anyone else wants.
  • These people were employed by the government in the lower levels of the colonial bureaucracy and engaged in local commercial activities.
  • For example, we moved into investment banking, and when commercial banking was opened, we moved into commercial banking.
2Making or intended to make a profit: commercial products
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  • Given that, we are very happy with the final products and commercial success of the series.
  • Time to market is essential to the commercial success of the products, and is shrinking all the time.
  • Composers of ‘serious’ operas turned their hands to works of a light and tuneful nature intended for a wider audience and for commercial success.
2.1Having profit rather than artistic or other value as a primary aim: their work is too commercial
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  • However, Williams insists any decision concerning the player's future will be based on football issues rather than his commercial value.
  • Rahul is seen as a ‘serious’ actor who stars in art films rather than mainstream commercial Bollywood releases.
  • Today most of the films are having more of commercial value than quality and are packed with themes and scenes that can match the taste of youth.
3(Of television or radio) funded by the revenue from broadcast advertisements.
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  • The adventure has been covered by a film crew for a documentary to be broadcast on satellite and commercial television stations across Italy.
  • Unlike commercial radio and television it is not a series of advertisements put on with programmes in between to keep them listening to the advertisements.
  • And one area where tastes are met and diversity can be seen in some ways is in the increasing strength of commercial talkback radio.
4(Of chemicals) supplied in bulk and not of the highest purity.
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  • In its most broad definition, Mr. James believes, to garden organically is to do so without the aid of commercial chemicals.
  • The shipping costs of both bulk chemicals and commercial formulas have been omitted.
  • An alternative to the commercial fungicide would be a mixture of baking soda and water.


1A television or radio advertisement: they looked like a family from a breakfast cereal commercial
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  • Its mass marketing includes print advertisements and radio and television commercials.
  • The television commercial will hit the screens tomorrow.
  • In fact, the company featured her in a television commercial promoting its contributions to these communities.
advertisement, promotion, display
informal ad, push, plug
British informal advert
2British dated A travelling sales representative.



Pronunciation: /kəməːʃɪˈalɪti/
Example sentences
  • This has been a slow process as it was initiated several years ago and has raised doubts about the commerciality of the project.
  • I love the gesture, but I hate the commerciality of a day that should be about love.
  • We are trying to encourage a greater degree of commerciality at race courses.

Words that rhyme with commercial

controversial, Herschel, inertial, infomercial

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Line breaks: com|mer¦cial

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