advertise

verb
ad·​ver·​tise | \ ˈad-vər-ˌtīz \
advertised; advertising

Definition of advertise 

transitive verb

1 : to make something known to : notify
2a : to make publicly and generally known advertising their readiness to make concessions
b : to announce publicly especially by a printed notice or a broadcast a poster advertising forthcoming events
c : to call public attention to especially by emphasizing desirable qualities so as to arouse a desire to buy or patronize : promote a company advertising its newest products

intransitive verb

: to issue or sponsor advertising advertise for a secretary

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Other Words from advertise

advertiser noun

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. She advertised her presence by wearing a skimpy dress.
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In August, the carrier started flying what was advertised as a non-stop flight from London to Newark, but with a refueling stop in Reykjavik, without telling passengers, the Independent reported. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Primera Air Will Stop Flying Passengers, File for Bankruptcy," 1 Oct. 2018 The video, which has since been pulled from the video site, was advertised as the red-band trailer for Khali the Killer, but an apparent administrative error resulted in the roughly 90 minute feature being posted. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Sony Uploads Entire Film to YouTube Rather Than Its Trailer," 3 July 2018 There was a long snaking line to get in to Underwood’s show, which was advertised as being sold out. Dan Deluca, Philly.com, "Carrie Underwood opens the new Hard Rock on comeback weekend in Atlantic City," 30 June 2018 Whitmore described the tax rate that would be advertised, 10.38 mills, as a ceiling. Arielle Kass, ajc, "Fulton County advertises potential for higher property taxes," 21 June 2018 Beast + Bounty won't use white sugar to sweeten dishes advertised as vegan, since it's typically filtered and bleached with bone char, and will substitute leftover chickpea liquid called aquafaba instead of eggs at times. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Ice cream, doughnuts, sausages and vegan cheese? This new Sacramento project has it all," 19 June 2018 Airbnb's website says two homes are already advertised as renting through the service, one on the Front Beach and the other in Unalaska Valley. Author: Jim Paulin, Anchorage Daily News, "To help fund fire protection for iconic Unalaska church, congregation considers starting AirBnB on church grounds," 30 Apr. 2018 This culminated in a seat-of-the-pants decision announced at a White House meeting that was advertised as a discussion: The Thursday morning meeting did not originally appear on the president’s public schedule. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Did Trump Start a Trade War Because He Was Having a Really Bad Day?," 2 Mar. 2018 The New York attorney general’s office in 2015, then led by Eric Schneiderman, opened an investigation into how Time Warner Cable advertised its internet speeds and other internet products. Allison Prang, WSJ, "Charter, New York Reach $174.2 Million Settlement Over Internet Service Quality," 18 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of advertise

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for advertise

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

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

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advertise

verb

English Language Learners Definition of advertise

: to make the public aware of something (such as a product) that is being sold

: to make a public announcement (in a newspaper, on the Internet, etc.) about something that is wanted or available

: to cause people to notice (something)

advertise

verb
ad·​ver·​tise | \ ˈad-vər-ˌtīz \
advertised; advertising

Kids Definition of advertise

1 : to call to public attention to persuade to buy advertise a car
2 : to announce publicly The fundraising event was advertised on TV.

Other Words from advertise

advertiser noun

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