merchandise

noun
mer·​chan·​dise | \ˈmər-chən-ˌdīz, -ˌdīs\

Definition of merchandise 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 archaic : the occupation of a merchant : trade

2 : the commodities or goods that are bought and sold in business : wares sells a variety of spring merchandise

merchandise

verb
mer·​chan·​dise | \-ˌdīz \
variants: or less commonly merchandize
merchandised also merchandized; merchandising also merchandizing

Definition of merchandise (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

archaic : to carry on commerce : trade

transitive verb

1 : to buy and sell in business carpets from Iran, India, or Taiwan are merchandised along with Italian leather goods and Spanish ceramics— Irving Kolodin

2 : to promote for or as if for sale merchandise a movie star

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Other Words from merchandise

Verb

merchandiser noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for merchandise

Synonyms: Noun

commodities, goods, wares

Synonyms: Verb

deal (in), market, put up, retail, sell, vend

Antonyms: Verb

buy, purchase

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Examples of merchandise in a Sentence

Noun

The merchandise will arrive by truck at noon. He's developed his own brand of merchandise.

Verb

The political candidates are being merchandised to the public. the now-familiar practice of stores merchandising goods at dramatically lower prices on the day after Thanksgiving
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

She's been teasing her upcoming line called High Key by Emma Chamberlain on social media with blurred images of the merchandise that will be available. Devon Abelman, Allure, "YouTube Star Emma Chamberlain's Velvet Grandma Scrunchie Sold Out in Just 29 Minutes," 7 Aug. 2018 There’s a booming economy of merchandise dedicated to proud homebodies. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Getting a good night’s sleep is a luxury — and can come at a high price.," 9 Oct. 2018 The Cincinnati Zoo’s famous premature baby hippo does more than delight social-media fans and help sell a wide range of merchandise. Dan Sewell, The Seattle Times, "Fiona, Cincinnati zoo’s famous preemie hippo, becomes a force for teaching kids," 2 July 2018 Police detained a female and another person who allegedly stole merchandise. Washington Post, "Alexandria and Arlington crime watch," 21 June 2018 Workers at the store have called police 18 times about stolen merchandise in just the past year, the Gaston Gazette reported. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "The underwear here keeps disappearing. It's been happening for years.," 20 June 2018 According to a municipal complaint warrant obtained under the state’s Open Public Records Act, Barnes and her alleged accomplices tried to steal merchandise valued at $3,433.41 from the Marshalls store. Melanie Burney, Philly.com, "'This was murder': Family of Philadelphia woman killed by police during alleged shoplifting spree at Deptford strip mall demands probe," 11 June 2018 An unidentified woman stole merchandise priced at $2,975 at 5:58 p.m. June 2 from Vineyard Vines, 222 Oakbrook Center. Chuck Fieldman, chicagotribune.com, "Police: Raw 7-pound chicken left on driveway of egged Oak Brook home," 7 June 2018 Two suspects stole merchandise April 19 from a business in the 1900 block of Main Street, police said. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Police investigate cases of criminal mischief," 30 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In the past 18 months, Neiman Marcus and T.J. Maxx either scaled back on selling pieces from Ivanka's brand or changed the way they're merchandised in store, WSJ reports. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ivanka Trump's Fashion Brand Is Shutting Down," 24 July 2018 This is to say nothing of theme-park and merchandising tie-ins. Aaron Back, WSJ, "Why Disney Can Afford to Pay More for Fox," 20 June 2018 Boltz will be responsible for merchandising, marketing, digital, and data analytics and customer insights. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "Lowe's announces major shakeup of executive roles," 9 July 2018 Within the next few days, channels with at least 10,000 subscribers will be able to offer merchandising to their fans, from underneath their videos. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "After 'tough' year, YouTube has a surprise -- it's bigger than ever," 21 June 2018 This change added to the recognition and merchandising value of the original Seal of Approval. Good Housekeeping, "The History of the Good Housekeeping Seal," 1 Oct. 2011 Mansell came up through Kohl’s merchandising ranks, and his long tenure spanned a succession of very different periods. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kohl's workers applaud retiring CEO Kevin Mansell on his last day," 16 May 2018 Christine Gonzalez was promoted to senior interior designer of the model merchandising division at Masterpiece Design Group, Winter Park. Orlando Sentinel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "People on the move 05/15," 14 May 2018 The vinyl will now be merchandised with the turntables, sources suggest. Ed Christman, Billboard, "Best Buy to Pull CDs, Target Threatens to Pay Labels for CDs Only When Customers Buy Them," 2 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of merchandise

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for merchandise

Noun

Middle English marchaundise, from Anglo-French marchandise, from marcheant

Verb

see merchandise entry 1

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merchandise

noun

English Language Learners Definition of merchandise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: goods that are bought and sold

merchandise

verb

English Language Learners Definition of merchandise (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make the public aware of (a product being offered for sale) by using advertising and other methods

: to present (someone) to the public like a product being offered for sale

merchandise

noun
mer·​chan·​dise | \ˈmər-chən-ˌdīz, -ˌdīs\

Kids Definition of merchandise

: goods that are bought and sold

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