merchandise

[ noun mur-chuh n-dahyz, -dahys; verb mur-chuh n-dahyz ]
/ noun ˈmɜr tʃənˌdaɪz, -ˌdaɪs; verb ˈmɜr tʃənˌdaɪz /

noun

the manufactured goods bought and sold in any business.
the stock of goods in a store.
goods, especially manufactured goods; commodities.

verb (used without object), mer·chan·dised, mer·chan·dis·ing.

to carry on trade.

verb (used with object), mer·chan·dised, mer·chan·dis·ing.

to buy and sell; deal in; trade.
to plan for and promote the sales of.

Origin of merchandise

1250–1300; Middle English marchandise < Old French. See merchant, -ice

Related forms

mer·chan·dis·a·ble, adjectivemer·chan·dis·er, nounun·mer·chan·dised, adjective
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merchandise


noun (ˈmɜːtʃənˌdaɪs, -ˌdaɪz)

commercial goods; commodities

verb (ˈmɜːtʃənˌdaɪz)

to engage in the commercial purchase and sale of (goods or services); trade

Derived Forms

merchandiser, noun

Word Origin for merchandise

C13: from Old French. See merchant
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