advertise

verb
ad·​ver·​tise | \ ˈad-vər-ˌtīz How to pronounce advertise (audio) \
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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Recent Examples on the Web Television news has pretty much always been crap, produced by crappy companies on a crappy commodity basis, in order to accumulate an audience to which various producers of crappy consumer goods could advertise their crappy products. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Snobs or Mobs?," 20 Sep. 2020 Qantas, among the latest to advertise a flight that departs and arrives at the same airport, told Reuters that the trip sold out less than 10 minutes after going on sale on Thursday. Washington Post, "Growing number of airlines offer ‘flights to nowhere’ as international travel remains stalled," 17 Sep. 2020 As part of the team’s Voter Up campaign — and a broader Major League Baseball effort — the Orioles will also encourage voter engagement this fall and advertise key election dates to help Marylanders exercise their right to vote, the team said. Emily Opilo, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles announce Camden Yards will serve as a voting center in November," 16 Sep. 2020 Partnering with Scott is a way to advertise to young people without all the burdens and potential misfires of actually advertising to young people. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Travis Scott Meets McDonald’s (It’s Lit!)," 11 Sep. 2020 This simple fact, for esports game publishers, incentivized the creation of these leagues in the first place, as a way to advertise their products. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "Esports Pros Have ‘Dream’ Jobs—but Game Publishers Have All the Power," 10 Sep. 2020 Despite the precautions from regulators, some testing companies continue to advertise the tests for workers and others. Arkansas Online, "Bold hopes for virus antibody tests still unfulfilled," 7 Sep. 2020 Despite the precautions from regulators, some testing companies continue to advertise the tests for workers and others. Matthew Perrone, Star Tribune, "Bold hopes for virus antibody tests still unfulfilled," 7 Sep. 2020 Performers began to use fake names for anonymity and protection, and club promoters often hesitated to advertise shows publicly. Christine Fernando, The Indianapolis Star, "The Avenue's Black drag queens cemented Indy's queer visibility. But history forgot them.," 30 Aug. 2020

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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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23 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Advertise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/advertise. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for advertise

advertise

verb
How to pronounce advertise (audio)

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 How to pronounce advertise (audio) \
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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