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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Goods bought and sold in business; commercial wares.
  • transitive v. To buy and sell (goods).
  • transitive v. To promote the sale of, as by advertising or display: merchandised a new product.
  • intransitive v. To buy and sell goods; trade commercially.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Commodities offered for sale.
  • n. A commodity offered for sale; an article of commerce; a kind of merchandise.
  • v. To engage in trade.
  • v. To engage in in-store promotion of the sale of goods, as by display and arrangement of goods.
  • v. To engage in the trade of.
  • v. To engage in in-store promotion of the sale of.
  • v. To promote as if for sale.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The objects of commerce; whatever is usually bought or sold in trade, or market, or by merchants; wares; goods; commodities.
  • n. The act or business of trading; trade; traffic.
  • intransitive v. To trade; to carry on commerce.
  • transitive v. To make merchandise of; to buy and sell.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In general, any movable object of trade or traffic; that which is passed from hand to hand by purchase and sale: specifically, the objects of commerce; a commercial commodity or commercial commodities in general; the staple of a mercantile business; commodities, goods, or wares bought and sold for gain.
  • n. Purchase and sale; trade; bargain; traffic; dealing, or advantage from dealing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. engage in the trade of
  • n. commodities offered for sale

Etymologies

Middle English merchaundise, from Old French marchandise, trade, from marcheant, marchand, merchant; see merchant.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman marchaundise, from marchaunt ("merchant") (Wiktionary)

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