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merchandise

[noun mur-chuh n-dahyz, -dahys; verb mur-chuh n-dahyz]
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noun
  1. the manufactured goods bought and sold in any business.
  2. the stock of goods in a store.
  3. goods, especially manufactured goods; commodities.
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verb (used without object), mer·chan·dised, mer·chan·dis·ing.
  1. to carry on trade.
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verb (used with object), mer·chan·dised, mer·chan·dis·ing.
  1. to buy and sell; deal in; trade.
  2. to plan for and promote the sales of.
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Origin of merchandise

1250–1300; Middle English marchandise < Old French. See merchant, -ice
Related formsmer·chan·dis·a·ble, adjectivemer·chan·dis·er, nounun·mer·chan·dised, adjective
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Related Words

productmaterialstockcommoditystuffvendwaresnumberproducetruckeffectslinestaplepromotewholesaledistributetradeadvertiseretail

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  • And here we leave more than half our passengers and merchandise.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • In American politics, an article of merchandise that comes in sets.

  • The latter case is not surprising in countries where women are considered as merchandise.

  • We learn that they settled in the Syrian Quarter directly after clearing their merchandise.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • It took Jean less than two minutes to dispose of his stock of merchandise.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola


British Dictionary definitions for merchandise

merchandise

noun (ˈmɜːtʃənˌdaɪs, -ˌdaɪz)
  1. commercial goods; commodities
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verb (ˈmɜːtʃənˌdaɪz)
  1. to engage in the commercial purchase and sale of (goods or services); trade
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Derived Formsmerchandiser, noun

Word Origin

C13: from Old French. See merchant
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Word Origin and History for merchandise

n.

mid-13c., "trading, commerce;" mid-14c., "commodities of commerce, wares, articles for sale or trade," from Anglo-French marchaundise, Old French marcheandise "goods, merchandise; trade, business" (12c.), from marchaunt "merchant" (see merchant).

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v.

also merchandize, "to buy and sell; to market," late 14c.; see merchant + -ize. Meaning "promote the sale of goods" is from 1926. Related: Merchandising; merchandizing.

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