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 Dictionary entry overview: What does merchandise mean? 

  The noun MERCHANDISE has 1 sense:

1. commodities offered for sale

  Familiarity information: MERCHANDISE used as a noun is very rare.

  The verb MERCHANDISE has 1 sense:

1. engage in the trade of

  Familiarity information: MERCHANDISE used as a verb is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


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Commodities offered for sale

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects


merchandise; product; ware

Context examples:

good business depends on having good merchandise / that store offers a variety of products

Hypernyms ("merchandise" is a kind of...):

commodity; good; trade good (articles of commerce)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "merchandise"):

cargo; consignment; freight; lading; load; loading; payload; shipment (goods carried by a large vehicle)

piece goods; yard goods (merchandise in the form of fabrics sold by the yard)

top of the line (the best (most expensive) in a given line of merchandise)

inventory; stock (the merchandise that a shop has on hand)

software package; software product (merchandise consisting of a computer program that is offered for sale)

dreck; schlock; shlock (merchandise that is shoddy or inferior)

release (merchandise issued for sale or public showing (especially a record or film))

refill (a commercial product that refills a container with its appropriate contents)

number (an item of merchandise offered for sale)

contraband (goods whose importation or exportation or possession is prohibited by law)

feature (an article of merchandise that is displayed or advertised more than other articles)

generic (any product that can be sold without a brand name)

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)

Holonyms ("merchandise" is a part of...):

mercantile establishment; outlet; retail store; sales outlet (a place of business for retailing goods)


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Engage in the trade of

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning


merchandise; trade

Context example:

he is merchandising telephone sets

"Merchandise" entails doing...:

buy; purchase (obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction)

sell (exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent)

Domain category:

commerce; commercialism; mercantilism (transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "merchandise"):

import (bring in from abroad)

market (engage in the commercial promotion, sale, or distribution of)

traffic (deal illegally)

arbitrage (practice arbitrage, as in the stock market)

traffic (trade or deal a commodity)

black market; run (deal in illegally, such as arms or liquor)

export (sell or transfer abroad)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

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