ad·​ver·​tise ˈad-vər-ˌtīz How to pronounce advertise (audio)
advertised; advertising; advertises
transitive + intransitive : to make the public aware of (something or someone) especially by means of a published or broadcast notice
a web page advertising upcoming events
: such as
: to present (something or oneself) to the public in a way that is intended to attract customers : promote
… a social media marketplace where … members can advertise goods and services.Cathalena E. Burch
… Black Friday, a red-letter day when retailers advertise massive sales.Duncan Fine
Dealers are advertising prices about 3% to 5% below sticker price …Russ Mitchell
Construction on these houses is under way and some are already being advertised for sale.Ellie Brown
… some … brokers advertise themselves as offering no-commission trading.Charles Bovaird
All these systems work as advertised.Emme Hall
Of course, if you really want to host a successful yard sale, you'll need to advertise.Maurie Backman
transitive + intransitive : to announce (something wanted or offered) publicly
The position was advertised on various job sites.
The company is currently advertising for an accountant.
: to make (something) publicly and generally known
We tried not to advertise our presence.
I didn't want to advertise the fact that I could shell out for a luxury item …Kira Vermond
archaic : to make something known to (another person or persons) : notify sense 1
I have advertised him by secret means …William Shakespeare
… it seemed to Nathan as if the entire neighborhood were being advertised of the fact …Mary S. Watts
advertiser noun
plural advertisers
print advertisers
Station managers say many regular advertisers aren't able to buy ads now. Associated Press

Examples of advertise in a Sentence

They are advertising the new edition of the book. The vacation was advertised as a week in paradise. It turned out to be exactly as advertised. Business increased after we began to advertise on the radio. If you want to attract customers, it pays to advertise. The company is advertising for a secretary. We advertised the job in the paper. He stomped loudly to advertise his presence. See More
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Word History


Middle English advertisen, avertysen "to pay attention to, take note of, notify, inform," borrowed from Anglo-French avertiss-, advertiss-, stem of avertir, advertir "to notify, (reflexive) recognize, be mindful of" — more at advert entry 1

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2b

Time Traveler
The first known use of advertise was in the 15th century

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“Advertise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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ad·​ver·​tise ˈad-vər-ˌtīz How to pronounce advertise (audio)
advertised; advertising
: to announce publicly especially by a printed notice or a broadcast
advertise a sale
: to call public attention to especially by pointing out desirable qualities so as to create a desire to buy or to do business with
advertise a cereal
advertise a store
: to give a public notice or advertisement
advertise for a lost dog
advertiser noun

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