Definition of commercial adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kəˈmɜːʃl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˈmɜːrʃl//
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  1. 1  [usually before noun] connected with the buying and selling of goods and services the commercial heart of the city She is developing the commercial side of the organization. a commercial vehicle (= one that is used for carrying goods or passengers who pay) Synonymseconomicfinancial commercial monetary budgetaryThese words all describe activities or situations that are connected with the use of money, especially by a business or country.economic connected with the trade, industry and development of wealth of a country, an area or a society:This book deals with the social, economic and political issues of the period.financial connected with money and finance:She had got into financial difficulties. Tokyo is a major financial centre.commercial connected with the buying and selling of goods and services.monetary (formal or finance) connected with money, especially all the money in a country:closer European monetary unionbudgetary (finance) connected with a budget (= the money available or a plan of how it will be spent).Patterns economic/​financial/​commercial/​monetary/​budgetary affairs/​decisions the economic/​financial/​commercial/​budgetary climate the economic/​financial/​commercial side of something a(n) economic/​financial/​commercial centre
  2. 2  [only before noun] making or intended to make a profit The movie was not a commercial success (= did not make money). commercial baby foods the first commercial flights across the Atlantic Synonymssuccessfulprofitable commercial lucrative economicThese words all describe somebody/​something that is making or is likely to make money.successful making a lot of money, especially by being popular:The play was very successful on Broadway. The company has had another successful year.profitable making a profit:a highly profitable businesscommercial [only before noun] making or intended to make a profit:The movie was not a commercial success (= made no profit).lucrative (of business or work) producing or paying a large amount of money; making a large profit:They do a lot of business in lucrative overseas markets.economic (often used in negative sentences) (of a process, business or activity) producing enough profit to continue:Small local shops stop being economic when a supermarket opens up nearby.Patterns a successful/​profitable/​lucrative business a successful/​profitable/​lucrative year a(n) commercial/​economic success
  3. 3(disapproving) more concerned with profit and being popular than with quality Their more recent music is far too commercial. The show was unashamedly commercial, with little artistic merit.
  4. 4(of television or radio) paid for by the money charged for broadcasting advertisements a commercial radio station/TV channel
  5. Extra examples The movie was not a commercial success. They are an educational charity, not a commercial publisher. They have offices in the commercial heart of the city. We manufacture commercial vehicles.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: commercial