brokerage-n; 5 Senses

Sense Number 1: a firm engaged in negotiating contracts, as stocks or marriage

Commentary: BROKERAGE[+enterprise][+business][+negotiator][+contract] an intermediary
NOTE: can occur in the plural

Bob worked for several different brokerage firms on Wall Street.
You'll need $50,000 to open a brokerage account with that house.
The two biggest commodity brokerages are merging into a single institution.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: the activity of negotiating contracts, acting as an intermediary

Commentary: BROKERAGE[+activity][+business][+negotiation][+contract]
NOTE: does not occur naturally in the plural

Their brokerage business slumped significantly during the recession.
That lady does a lot of marriage brokerage for young foreign professionals.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: the fee charged for negotiating a contract

Commentary: BROKERAGE[+quantity][+fee][+service]

The no-load funds have much smaller brokerage fees.
You will pay high brokerage fees at that full service firm.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 4: the workplace where brokering occurs

Commentary: BROKERAGE[+relation][+role][+workplace]
NOTE: the focus is on the physical locale, rather than the activity or the legal status as an enterprise

The brokerage was only six blocks from Mary's Manhattan apartment.
Several employees were injured when a bomb went off at a Chicago brokerage.
Bill enjoys walking into the beautiful foyer of his brokerage each morning.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 5: none of the above

Commentary: Automatically generated NOTA sense (bbn)