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 Some doctors advertise themselves as hormone gurus. Lisa Boone, Los Angeles Times, 10 June 2021 Michael had been careful not to advertise his services as surveying and instructed clients that his maps were not for legal purposes. Andrew Wimer, Forbes, 8 Apr. 2021 AC Brands also distributes marketing materials to retailers to help advertise the product in stores. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, 31 Mar. 2021 Some companies will offer a price and advertise it as a sale that is ending soon. Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Mar. 2021 But Zhong Shan Hakka, owned by the chef and his wife, Bonnie, is one of the few modern restaurants to widely advertise itself as serving Hakka food, said Anusasananan, who adapted some of Li’s recipes for her book. Serena Dai, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Mar. 2021 Amazon’s goal, according to several sources, was to make a billion-dollar franchise that would help advertise the company’s cloud technology, proprietary game engine, and Twitch streaming service. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 26 Feb. 2021 As part of the agreement, Juul will not advertise to anyone under 21 in North Carolina, including through social media, and will limit sales amounts of Juul products online to any state residents. BostonGlobe.com, 28 June 2021 As part of the agreement, Juul will not advertise to anyone under 21 in North Carolina, including through social media, and will limit sales amounts of Juul products online to any state residents. Gary D. Robertson, Star Tribune, 28 June 2021

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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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26 Jul 2021

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“Advertise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/advertise. Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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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 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 sale was advertised on TV.

Other Words from advertise

advertiser noun

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