verb ad·ver·tise \ ˈad-vər-ˌtīz \
Updated on: 7 Mar 2018

Definition of advertise

advertised; advertising
transitive verb
1 : to make something known to : notify
2 a : 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



Examples of advertise in a Sentence

  1. They are advertising the new edition of the book.

  2. The vacation was advertised as a week in paradise.

  3. It turned out to be exactly as advertised.

  4. Business increased after we began to advertise on the radio.

  5. If you want to attract customers, it pays to advertise.

  6. The company is advertising for a secretary.

  7. We advertised the job in the paper.

  8. She advertised her presence by wearing a skimpy dress.

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Origin and Etymology of 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 1advert

ADVERTISE Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of advertise for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids


verb ad·ver·tise \ ˈad-vər-ˌtīz \

Definition of advertise for Students

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



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