merchandise

noun
mer·​chan·​dise | \ ˈmər-chən-ˌdīz How to pronounce merchandise (audio) , -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 | \ ˈmər-chən-ˌdīz How to pronounce merchandise (audio) \
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

The spokesperson said the retailer was concerned that the firearms might also alarm customers who are not likely to expect them in their general merchandise store. Sarah Min, CBS News, "Walmart will stop selling guns in New Mexico," 9 July 2019 There were lots of food options, a merchandise store that was practically sold out by noon Sunday, and picnic tables with umbrellas near a giant video screen that featured a stream from PGA Tour Live. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Here's what the Rocket Mortgage Classic got right — and what it got wrong," 30 June 2019 Replica jerseys, which were also unveiled Thursday night, will go on sale at the team’s merchandise store at Bridge Street Town Centre on Friday at 10 a.m. The team also announced an authentic jersey purchase program. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al.com, "Rocket City Trash Pandas unveil baseball uniforms," 20 June 2019 Retailers added a net 18,200 jobs in November, including 39,300 at general merchandise stores such as department stores and warehouse clubs. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Logistics Hiring Remained Strong Heading Into Holiday Shipping Season," 7 Dec. 2018 Sales at general merchandise stores, which include big box stores such as Walmart and Target, rose 0.3 percent while sales at department stores fell 0.8 percent. Martin Crutsinger, The Seattle Times, "US retail sales edged up in September," 16 Oct. 2018 The sign was still sitting in the garage but was off to the side, away from the rummage merchandise that was for sale. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Magnet fishing is a slimy new hobby where people pull guns, bikes and weird stuff out of Milwaukee-area rivers, lakes and lagoons," 25 June 2019 Tennant will begin packing up the merchandise that remains in the store and put the items in storage. Washington Post, "Ellicott City business owner who weathered two major floods will shut her doors," 23 June 2019 The merchandise wasn't limited to Apollo 11 pieces, though there were around 150 items that came from that mission specifically. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "Some lucky people will own artifacts from Apollo 11 thanks to a special auction," 21 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But Vanderbilt transcended her famously disjointed childhood and later upheavals to become an actress, artist, author and fashion and merchandising icon. latimes.com, "Today: To Build or Not to Build in Wildfire Zones?," 18 June 2019 Downstairs in an enormous basement with complimentary Wi-Fi, the brand has merchandised its product with an eye to history. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Two Very Big Reasons You Should Do Your Holiday Shopping in Midtown Manhattan," 20 Nov. 2018 Kenner had acquired the Star Wars merchandising license only a month before the film’s release. Alexander Huls, Popular Mechanics, "The Great Star Wars Heist," 7 Mar. 2019 In addition to spreading wardrobe wisdom via Instagram direct messages, Pask is now merchandising his look at B., a 250-square-foot permanent shop that opened in February on the third floor of Goodman’s Men’s Store in New York. Howie Kahn, WSJ, "All the Hard-to-Find Favorites of Bergdorf Goodman’s Men’s Fashion Director," 26 Feb. 2019 Enter Redingote Equestrian, a line of chic, cut-for-a-woman coveralls designed by former professional rider Connie DeMaio and merchandising pro Allison Malenfant. Leah Melby Clinton, Town & Country, "Behold: The Most Stylish Equestrian Winter Work Suit," 8 Jan. 2019 The racks are merchandised intuitively with the designers’ wide range of products, from silk floral blouses to fuzzy coral coats to thick knit dresses. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Eckhaus Latta’s New Store Is an Oasis in New York’s Retail Scene," 27 Nov. 2018 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

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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 and Verb

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

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The first known use of merchandise was in the 13th century

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merchandise

noun

English Language Learners Definition of merchandise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

somewhat formal : 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 How to pronounce merchandise (audio) , -ˌdīs\

Kids Definition of merchandise

: goods that are bought and sold

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