Meaning of “commercial” in the English Dictionary

"commercial" in English

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uk /kəˈmɜː.ʃəl/ us /kəˈmɝː.ʃəl/

B2 related to buying and selling things:

commercial law
The commercial future of the company looks very promising.

disapproving used to describe a record, film, book, etc. that has been produced with the aim of making money and as a result has little artistic value

[ before noun ] A commercial product can be bought by or is intended to be bought by the general public.

C2 [ before noun ] used to refer to radio or television paid for by advertisements that are broadcast between and during programmes

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adverb uk /kəˈmɜː.ʃəl.i/ us /kəˈmɝː.ʃəl.i/

Does the market research show that the product will succeed commercially (= make a profit)?
The drug won't be commercially available (= able to be bought) until it has been thoroughly tested.

commercialnoun [ C ]

uk /kəˈmɜː.ʃəl/ us /kəˈmɝː.ʃəl/

(Definition of “commercial” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"commercial" in American English

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commercialnoun [ C ]

us /kəˈmɜr·ʃəl/

a paid advertisement on radio or television:

We all ran to get something to eat during the commercials.


us /kəˈmɜr·ʃəl/

intended to make money, or relating to a business intended to make money:

The movie was a commercial success (= it made money), but the critics hated it.
adverb us /kəˈmɜr·ʃə·li/

(Definition of “commercial” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"commercial" in Business English

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uk /kəˈmɜːʃəl/ us COMMERCE

relating to businesses and their activities:

Planning issues continue to stall the company's proposed commercial development.
commercial sales/services/transactions etc.

used to describe a product or service that can be bought by the public:

The airport handles 663 commercial flights a day.

[ before noun ] for making a profit or relating to making a profit:

The business was never intended to be a commercial enterprise.
commercial success/value Some traditional producers are finally enjoying commercial success.

[ before noun ] used to describe radio or television that is paid for by the advertisements it broadcasts:

The commission, which licenses and regulates commercial TV, ordered the ad off air.

disapproving used to describe a product, especially a record, film, or book, which is made to make a profit rather than be of a high artistic quality:

Their music is a little too commercial for me.

commercialnoun [ C ]

uk /kəˈmɜːʃəl/ us

MARKETING an advertisement that is broadcast on television or radio:

American manufacturers have produced a series of TV commercials highlighting manufacturing successes.

STOCK MARKET shares in a company that sells goods to consumers:

Commercials ended the year down 3.5%.

(Definition of “commercial” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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Firstly, the committee considers the issue from many angles but does not question the fact that the system only applies to commercial transport.
Re-use and commercial exploitation of public information, as proposed by the rapporteur, will lead to a real information society for all.
On research, we need to look seriously at the interaction of cod and other commercial fish species such as haddock and whiting.
Specific sensitive areas such as research, the arts and documents containing commercial secrets are rightly excluded from the scope of the directive.
Such 'circumstances', however, should be specifically limited to meteorological or safety problems, so as to prevent passengers' interests being harmed for purely economic or commercial reasons.
To help achieve this legal certainty, a non-exhaustive list of unfairness categories and a list of examples of banned commercial practices will supplement the general clause.
First, we have been working with a group of national governmental experts to examine and compare national laws on unfair commercial practices.
Is it going to use it in order to provide answers that restore developing countries' confidence, or will it go no further than a narrow vision of its commercial interests?
Only harmonisation, or at least a greater approximation, of commercial diesel taxation will put an end to those distortions of competition.
We were, however, able to persuade them both that a non-commercial approach was called for not only in terms of considerations of ethics, but also of health protection.