Meaning of “merchandise” in the English Dictionary

"merchandise" in British English

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merchandisenoun [ U ]

uk /ˈmɜː.tʃən.daɪs/ /ˈmɜː.tʃən.daɪz/ us /ˈmɝː.tʃən.daɪs/ /ˈmɝː.tʃən.daɪz/ formal

merchandiseverb [ T ]

uk /ˈmɜː.tʃən.daɪz/ us /ˈmɝː.tʃən.daɪz/ US specialized

(Definition of “merchandise” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"merchandise" in American English

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merchandisenoun [ U ]

us /ˈmɜr·tʃənˌdɑɪs/

goods that are bought and sold:

This store has a wide selection of merchandise for sale.

(Definition of “merchandise” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"merchandise" in Business English

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merchandisenoun [ U ]

uk /ˈmɜːtʃəndaɪs/ us

COMMERCE goods that are offered for sale, especially in a store:

While the shop may look exclusive, the merchandise is not.
discounted/general/luxury merchandise Analysts are expecting the retailer to report a 5% rise in sales of general merchandise.

MARKETING →  merchandising :

Shaw won the highly lucrative rights to sell Elvis merchandise in the UK and Europe in 1999.

merchandiseverb [ T ]

uk /ˈmɜːtʃəndaɪz/ us MARKETING

to increase sales of goods by making people more aware of them through advertising, special displays or events, etc.:

The way in which you merchandise what you have in store in terms of display is pretty important.

to produce and sell products connected with a popular film, event, famous person, etc.:

The company's move to license and merchandise its popular TV characters has great potential for growth.

(Definition of “merchandise” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)