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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
mer•chan•dise /n. ˈmɝtʃənˌdaɪz, -ˌdaɪs; v. -ˌdaɪz/USA pronunciation   n., v., -dised, -dis•ing. 

n. [uncountable]
  1. Businessgoods bought and sold.
  2. Businessthe stock of goods in a store:took an inventory of all the merchandise.

  1. Business to carry on trade[no object]trained in merchandising.
  2. Business to promote the sales of[+ object]busy merchandising the new T-shirts.
mer•chan•dis•er, n. [countable]See -merc-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
mer•chan•dise  (n. mûrchən dīz′, -dīs′;v. mûrchən dīz′), 
n., v., -dised, -dis•ing. 

  1. Businessthe manufactured goods bought and sold in any business.
  2. Businessthe stock of goods in a store.
  3. Businessgoods, esp. manufactured goods;

  1. Businessto carry on trade.

  1. Businessto buy and sell;
    deal in;
  2. Businessto plan for and promote the sales of.
  • Old French. See merchant, -ice
  • Middle English marchandise 1250–1300
merchan•dis′a•ble, adj. 
merchan•dis′er, n. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

merchandise n /ˈmɜːtʃənˌdaɪs; -ˌdaɪz/
  1. commercial goods; commodities
vb /ˈmɜːtʃənˌdaɪz/
  1. to engage in the commercial purchase and sale of (goods or services); trade
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French. See merchant

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