The noun merchandise refers to things that can be bought or sold, like the merchandise that's for sale at your local record shop, or the merchandise sold by sidewalk vendors in a big city.

When you go into a store, you're surrounded by merchandise, whether it's food, clothing, or books. Goods that can be bought or sold are merchandise, and so are items connected with a particular movie or music group — like the t-shirts you can buy at a rock concert's merchandise booth. Merchandise is also a verb, meaning "to promote or advertise" — "Retail stores merchandise goods using displays, signs, or mannequins."

Definitions of merchandise

n commodities offered for sale

“good business depends on having good merchandise
product, ware
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cargo, consignment, freight, lading, load, loading, payload, shipment
goods carried by a large vehicle
goods whose importation or exportation or possession is prohibited by law
an article of merchandise that is displayed or advertised more than other articles
any product that can be sold without a brand name
the merchandise that is sold in an ironmonger's shop
irregular, second
merchandise that has imperfections; usually sold at a reduced price without the brand name
business line, line, line of business, line of merchandise, line of products, product line
a particular kind of product or merchandise
an item of merchandise offered for sale
a commercial product that refills a container with its appropriate contents
merchandise issued for sale or public showing (especially a record or film)
dreck, schlock, shlock
merchandise that is shoddy or inferior
software package, software product
merchandise consisting of a computer program that is offered for sale
inventory, stock
the merchandise that a shop has on hand
top of the line
the best (most expensive) in a given line of merchandise
piece goods, yard goods
merchandise in the form of fabrics sold by the yard
drawing card, leader, loss leader
a featured article of merchandise sold at a loss in order to draw customers
generic drug
when the patent protection for a brand-name drug expires generic versions of the drug can be offered for sale if the FDA agrees
an auxiliary line of merchandise
Type of:
commodity, good, trade good
articles of commerce

v engage in the trade of

“he is merchandising telephone sets”
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black market, run
deal in illegally, such as arms or liquor
trade or deal a commodity
practice arbitrage, as in the stock market
deal illegally
engage in the commercial promotion, sale, or distribution of
bring in from abroad
sell or transfer abroad
make available for sale
import or export without paying customs duties

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