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

But one jump in between is noteworthy: merchandise sales in Russia are up 276% over the same post-Finals period last year, according to data provided by the NHL. Matthew Gutierrez, WSJ, "The Capitals’ Stanley Cup Win Spurs Merchandise Boom in Russia," 13 June 2018 By missing the World Cup, U.S. Soccer is set to lose out on tens of millions of dollars from participation prizes, potential sponsorship deals and merchandise sales. Jamie Goldberg, OregonLive.com, "As World Cup takes center stage, US Soccer must put failure aside and find a path forward," 11 June 2018 There is no admission fee, and merchandise sales are generally confined to a bookstore on a different floor. Katherine Blunt, Houston Chronicle, "Behind-the-scenes at a Joel Osteen 'Night of Hope' event: Books, bargains and stuff," 7 June 2018 Open roles include set-up and breakdown, transportation, merchandise sales, beer garden assistants, education tent assistants, and more. Julia Preszler, BostonGlobe.com, "Dancing for memory, a clothing drive, and a new restaurant," 1 June 2018 The merchandise trade deficit stood at a record C$4.1 billion in March. Kristine Owram, Bloomberg.com, "Trudeau’s Hipster Economics Looked Great Until Trump Cut Taxes," 29 May 2018 Imports, meanwhile, have increased to $460bn, pushing the merchandise deficit to $157bn last year, up from $109bn in 2016-17 and its highest level in five years. The Economist, "Sluggish exports leave India needing to curry favour with investors," 10 May 2018 By May, 1971, the United States was facing its first merchandise trade deficit since 1893, an indication that the high dollar was discouraging foreign buyers. Caleb Crain, The New Yorker, "Is Capitalism a Threat to Democracy?," 7 May 2018 Arlena Keye and Shaday Williams, both 27, were stopped last weekend after allegedly shoplifting $915 worth of merchandise from a Marshall’s in East Hanover, New Jersey, criminal complaints allege, the newspaper reported. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "Kids sat in car in 90-degree heat — while their mothers were shoplifting, New Jersey police say," 5 July 2018

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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 Christopher is vice president of global commercial and merchandising development at Pierre Hardy. Harper's BAZAAR, "24 Hours with Pierre Hardy," 20 Jan. 2016

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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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