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  ( commercials    plural  )
1       adj   Commercial means involving or relating to the buying and selling of goods.  
usu ADJ n  
Docklands in its heyday was a major centre of industrial and commercial activity..., Attacks were reported on police, vehicles and commercial premises.     
2       adj   Commercial organizations and activities are concerned with making money or profits, rather than, for example, with scientific research or providing a public service.  
British Rail has indeed become more commercial over the past decade..., Conservationists in Chile are concerned over the effect of commercial exploitation of forests..., Whether the project will be a commercial success is still uncertain.     
  commercially      adv   usu ADV adj, ADV with v, also ADV with cl  
British Aerospace reckon that the plane will be commercially viable if 400 can be sold..., Insulin is produced commercially from animals...     
3       adj   A commercial product is made to be sold to the public.  
ADJ n  
They are the leading manufacturer in both defence and commercial products.     
  commercially      adv   usu ADV adj, also ADV with v  
It was the first commercially available machine to employ artificial intelligence.     
4       adj   A commercial vehicle is a vehicle used for carrying goods, or passengers who pay.  
usu ADJ n  
5       adj   Commercial television and radio are paid for by the broadcasting of advertisements, rather than by the government.  
usu ADJ n     (Antonym: public service)    ...Classic FM, the first national commercial radio station.     
6       adj   Commercial is used to describe something such as a film or a type of music that it is intended to be popular with the public, and is not very original or of high quality.  
There's a feeling among a lot of people that music has become too commercial.     
7       n-count   A commercial is an advertisement that is broadcast on television or radio.  

commercial bank        ( commercial banks    plural  ) A commercial bank is a bank which makes short-term loans using money from current or checking accounts.     (BUSINESS)      n-count  
commercial break        ( commercial breaks    plural  ) A commercial break is the interval during a commercial television programme, or between programmes, during which advertisements are shown.      n-count  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  


1    business, mercantile, profit-making, sales, trade, trading  
2    in demand, marketable, popular, profitable, saleable  
3    exploited, materialistic, mercenary, monetary, pecuniary, profit-making, venal  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
a lengthy commercial (frequently of a half-hour or hour's duration) parading as information or a documentary, though not necessarily presented by a celebrity.
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