Definition of advert
1 : to turn the mind or attention —used with to <adverted to the speaker>
2 : to call attention in the course of speaking or writing : make reference —used with to <adverted to foreign-language sources>
Did You Know?
You may be familiar with the noun "advert," which is used, especially in British sources, as a shortened form of "advertising." That's one way to use "advert," but it has also been used as a verb in English since the 15th century. There's a hint about the origin of the verb in the idea of "turning" the mind or attention to something; the word derives via Anglo-French from the Latin verb advertere, which in turn comes from Latin vertere, meaning "to turn." "Vertere" is the ancestor of a number of words in English, including "controversy," "divert," "invert," "revert," and even "versatile." In addition, we'd like to turn your attention to one particular ''vertere" descendant: avert, meaning "to avoid." Be careful to avoid mixing this one up with "advert."
Origin and Etymology of advert
Middle English, to perceive, pay heed, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French advertir, from Latin advertere, from ad- + vertere to turn — more at worth
First Known Use: 15th century
Examples of advert in a sentence
I saw your advert in the newspaper.
<busily perusing the job adverts in the Sunday Times>
First Known Use of advert
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