[ noun mur-chuhn-dahyz, -dahys; verb mur-chuhn-dahyz ]
See synonyms for: merchandisemerchandisingmerchandisablemerchandiser on

  1. the manufactured goods bought and sold in any business.

  2. the stock of goods in a store.

  1. goods, especially manufactured goods; commodities.

verb (used without object),mer·chan·dised, mer·chan·dis·ing.
  1. to carry on trade.

verb (used with object),mer·chan·dised, mer·chan·dis·ing.
  1. to buy and sell; deal in; trade.

  2. to plan or manage the arrangement and promotion of (goods in a store): When you merchandise your products, promote impulse purchases by grouping like items.

Origin of merchandise

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English marchandise, from Old French; see merchant, -ice
  • Sometimes mer·chan·dize .

Other words from merchandise

  • mer·chan·dis·a·ble, adjective
  • mer·chan·dis·er, noun
  • un·mer·chan·dised, adjective

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How to use merchandise in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for merchandise


noun(ˈmɜːtʃənˌdaɪs, -ˌdaɪz)
  1. commercial goods; commodities

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

Origin of merchandise

C13: from Old French. See merchant

Derived forms of merchandise

  • merchandiser, noun

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