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merchandise

[n. mur-chuh n-dahyz, -dahys; v. mur-chuh n-dahyz] /n. ˈmɜr tʃənˌdaɪz, -ˌdaɪs; v. ˈmɜr tʃənˌdaɪz/
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.
verb (used without object), merchandised, merchandising.
4.
to carry on trade.
verb (used with object), merchandised, merchandising.
5.
to buy and sell; deal in; trade.
6.
to plan for and promote the sales of.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English marchandise < Old French. See merchant, -ice
Related forms
merchandisable, adjective
merchandiser, noun
unmerchandised, adjective
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  • Sears finally wrote to the shipper offering to sell the merchandise for him.
  • The permit for a distressed merchandise sale shall be issued for a period not to exceed thirty days.
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  • Selling questionable merchandise online is hardly a new idea.
British Dictionary definitions for merchandise

merchandise

noun (ˈmɜːtʃənˌdaɪs; -ˌdaɪz)
1.
commercial goods; commodities
verb (ˈmɜːtʃənˌdaɪz)
2.
to engage in the commercial purchase and sale of (goods or services); trade
Derived Forms
merchandiser, 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).

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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