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

Soon, Daniels was back in the lobby — in a black halter dress — to sell merchandise and take pictures with supporters. Washington Post, "Stormy Daniels’ strip club act bookends Trump’s court reveal," 10 July 2018 On Friday and Saturday, vendors set up displays in Glencoe selling merchandise to passersby in the 2018 incarnation of the annual outdoor event. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, "Glencoe Sidewalk Sale draws people into the heat for yearly two-day event," 3 July 2018 The camera is low, at the level of the merchandise, a witty point of view. William Meyers, WSJ, "‘Louis Stettner: Traveling Light’ Review: A Photographic Tale of Two Cities," 7 Jan. 2019 The company managed to diversify its revenue with new merchandise, including some that feature users’ Bitmoji hanging out with their friends’ characters, as well as shoppable AR Lenses. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Snap," 27 Dec. 2018 This news about Burberry destroying perfectly usable merchandise, including $13 million worth of makeup, was met with consumer outrage. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "A breakdown of this year’s brand winners and losers.," 27 Dec. 2018 She was escorted back into the store, where the merchandise, valued at $164.97 was recovered. Staff Report, chicagotribune.com, "Norridge," 7 July 2018 The police didn't find any stolen merchandise, and the incident ignited a small protest. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "The Red Hen and the Weaponization of Yelp," 26 June 2018 At Speedway, the thieves took seven bikes and other merchandise, including locks, Matyas said. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Two Anchorage bike shops burglarized in two days," 22 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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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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 , -ˌdīs\

Kids Definition of merchandise

: goods that are bought and sold

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