merchandise

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

Definition of merchandise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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)

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

intransitive verb

archaic : to carry on commerce : trade

Other Words from merchandise

Verb

merchandiser noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for merchandise

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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 In one recent incident in the state, more than a dozen people stormed a Louis Vuitton store in Oak Brook, Illinois, and stole about $120,000 worth of merchandise. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 29 Nov. 2021 Prosecutors in Contra Costa County took the same approach with a retail theft case in Walnut Creek, where police say shoplifters stole $200,000 worth of merchandise last weekend. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Nov. 2021 The group of eight robbers stole hammers, crowbars and other tools, swiping about $400 worth of merchandise. Fox News, 28 Nov. 2021 The shopping experience has been damaged this year by supply-chain bottlenecks that have led to short supplies of merchandise. Arkansas Online, 27 Nov. 2021 Three people have been arrested in connection with the incident at Nordstrom on Tuesday, where as many as 20 people stole $5,000 worth of merchandise after smashing a display window, police said. Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times, 27 Nov. 2021 But the sales floor looked different from years past, when tall stacks of merchandise used to be on display. oregonlive, 26 Nov. 2021 But the sales floor looked different from years past, when tall stacks of merchandise used to be on display. Anne D'innocenzio, Tali Arbel, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Nov. 2021 Donning ski masks, the mob ran off with thousands of dollars of merchandise. Christine Fernando, USA TODAY, 26 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb From product placement on shelves or promotional displays to shopper messaging communicated through marketing materials or special offers, how brands and retailers merchandise their products can vary greatly. David Gottlieb, Forbes, 19 May 2021 According to Mente, his team had to change purchases to merchandise more suitable to what consumers were looking for during the pandemic and adjust quickly. Margherita Beale, Forbes, 6 May 2021 Witherspoon will reprise her role as Elle Woods, the fashion merchandising major turned Harvard Law School student from the 2001 comedy. Nick Romano, EW.com, 19 May 2020 Mannequins were added to clothing sections, helping drive sales by showing garments merchandised as outfits. Sarah Halzack | Bloomberg, Washington Post, 27 Feb. 2019 Because his company largely produces T-shirts and other apparel for the music and merchandising industry, many of his employees already wear masks to protect themselves from the dust involved in textile manufacturing. New York Times, 21 Mar. 2020 In addition to his role in figure skating, Mr. Collins also handled merchandising for such musical acts as the Beach Boys, Neil Diamond, John Denver, the Blues Brothers, and the Cars. Barry Wilner, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Sep. 2019 Lastly, Tritton led merchandising at Target during a time of significant changes to in-store presentation. Washington Post, 10 Oct. 2019 My favorite part of my previous career was merchandising. Jenna Sauers, Harper's BAZAAR, 20 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of merchandise

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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1 Dec 2021

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“Merchandise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/merchandise. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce merchandise (audio) , -ˌdīs \

Kids Definition of merchandise

: goods that are bought and sold

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