Definition of goods noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɡʊdz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡʊdz//
    [plural] Online shopping
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  1. 1  things that are produced to be sold cheap/expensive goods leather/cotton/paper goods electrical/sports goods perishable/durable goods increased tax on goods and services see also consumer goods Synonymsproductgoods commodity merchandise produceThese are all words for things that are produced to be sold.product a thing that is produced or grown, usually to be sold:to create/​develop/​launch a new productgoods things that are produced to be sold:cotton/​leather goods electrical goodscommodity (economics) a product or raw material that can be bought and sold, especially between countries:rice, flour and other basic commoditiesmerchandise [U] goods that are bought or sold; things that you can buy that are connected with or advertise a particular event or organization:official Olympic merchandisegoods or merchandise?Choose goods if the emphasis is on what the product is made of or what it is for:leather/​household goods. Choose merchandise if the emphasis is less on the product itself and more on its brand or the fact of buying/​selling it.produce [U] things that have been grown or made, especially things connected with farming:We sell only fresh local produce.Patterns consumer/​industrial products/​goods/​commodities household products/​goods farm products/​produce luxury products/​goods/​commodities to sell/​market a product/​goods/​a commodity/​merchandise/​produce to export a product/​goods/​a commodity/​merchandise to buy/​purchase a product/​goods/​a commodity/​merchandise/​produce See related entries: Online shopping
  2. 2  possessions that can be moved stolen goods The plastic bag contained all his worldly goods (= everything he owned). Synonymsthingsstuff property possessions junk belongings goods valuablesThese are all words for objects or items, especially ones that you own or have with you at a particular time.things (rather informal) objects, clothing or tools that you own or that are used for a particular purpose:Shall I help you pack your things? Bring your swimming things.stuff [U] (informal) used to refer to a group of objects when you do not know their names, when the names are not important or when it is obvious what you are talking about:Where’s all my stuff?property [U] (rather formal) a thing or things that are owned by somebody:This building is government property. Be careful not to damage other people’s property.possessions things that you own, especially something that can be moved:Prisoners were allowed no personal possessions except letters and photographs.junk [U] things that are considered useless or of little value:I’ve cleared out all that old junk from the attic.belongings possessions that can be moved, especially ones that you have with you at a particular time:Please make sure you have all your belongings with you when leaving the plane.goods (technical or rather formal) possessions that can be moved:He was found guilty of handling stolen goods.valuables things that are worth a lot of money, especially small personal things such as jewellery or cameras:Never leave cash or other valuables lying around.Patterns personal things/​stuff/​property/​possessions/​belongings to collect/​gather/​pack (up) your things/​stuff/​possessions/​belongings to search somebody’s/​your/​the things/​stuff/​property/​belongings to go through somebody’s/​your/​the things/​stuff/​belongings
  3. 3(British English) things (not people) that are transported by rail or road a goods train a heavy goods vehicle compare freight
  4. Extra examples A ‘use by’ date must be stamped on all perishable goods. He was accused of handling stolen goods. The goods will be delivered within ten days. The supermarket’s own-label goods are cheaper than branded goods. a shop selling electrical goods factories which produce luxury goods for the export market A goods train was derailed on the M1 last night. Goods traffic on the roads has increased enormously in recent years. The plastic bag contained all her worldly goods. The road was closed both to passengers and goods. You need a special licence to drive a heavy goods vehicle. capital goods consumer goods cotton/​leather/​paper goods electrical/​sports goods increased tax on goods and servicesIdioms (British English, informal) to be very good or impressive
    deliver the goods, come up with the goods
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    (informal) to do what you have promised to do or what people expect or want you to do We expected great things of the England team, but on the day they simply failed to deliver the goods.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: goods