merchandise

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From Anglo-Norman marchaundise, from marchaunt (merchant)

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merchandise (usually uncountable, plural merchandises)

  1. (uncountable) Commodities offered for sale.
    good business depends on having good merchandise
  2. (countable) A commodity offered for sale; an article of commerce; a kind of merchandise.
  3. (uncountable) The act or business of trading; trade; traffic.

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  • Adjectives often applied to "merchandise": returned, used, damaged, stolen, assorted, lost, promotional, industrial, cheap, expensive, imported, good, inferior.

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merchandise (third-person singular simple present merchandises, present participle merchandising, simple past and past participle merchandised)

  1. (intransitive, archaic) To engage in trade; to carry on commerce.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)
  2. (intransitive) To engage in in-store promotion of the sale of goods, as by display and arrangement of goods.
    He started his career merchandising in a small clothing store chain.
  3. (transitive, archaic) To engage in the trade of.
  4. (transitive) To engage in in-store promotion of the sale of.
    He got hired to merchandise some new sporting goods lines.
  5. (transitive) To promote as if for sale.
    The record companies don't get as good a return on merchandising artists under contract.

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merchandise

  1. first-person singular present indicative of merchandiser
  2. third-person singular present indicative of merchandiser
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of merchandiser
  4. first-person singular present subjunctive of merchandiser
  5. second-person singular imperative of merchandiser