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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As though to advertise rather than conceal her pregnancy, Piero makes the Virgin’s womb the picture’s geometric center, its focal point. Willard Spiegelman, WSJ, "On the Brink of the Savior’s Arrival," 12 Oct. 2018 In addition to the hard plastic signs, typically advertising home or car purchases, teams also removed fliers and posters promoting shows, often stapled to telephone poles. Julia Terruso, Philly.com, "Philly residents tear down 8,000 illegal 'bandit signs.' Get paid.," 11 July 2018 Perfume labels, posters advertising circuses, patent medicines, 5-cent cigars, and all manner of things — even ear tags for goats. Carl Nolte, SFChronicle.com, "At the Box SF, previous eras’ castoffs prove valuable today," 8 July 2018 The town halls were arranged with the help of state staff and advertised by his communications officer at the Legislature, according to the board. Walker Orenstein, The Seattle Times, "Gig Harbor lawmaker fined again for mixing campaign work and state resources," 30 June 2018 Billboards rise high above the streets, advertising haute couture or exclusive real estate, or bearing the unsmiling likeness of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai. SI.com, "Exiled by the Cubs, Sammy Sosa Is Enjoying the Life He Wants You to See," 27 June 2018 The board's blessing gives the district the green light to start advertising to hire about 80 armed guards to be placed mostly in elementary schools. Colleen Wright, miamiherald, "With little time and cash, Broward to hire armed guards instead of police at schools," 27 June 2018 La Familia will continue to add dishes, Mariela said, advertising new plates and specials on its Facebook page. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "La Familia Brings Authentic Bolivian Food To Canton," 25 June 2018 Like the parties that came before it, this too started later than advertised. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Teyana Taylor's Kanye West-Produced 'KTSE' Is Here: Stream it Now," 23 June 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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