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

Volunteers gave out Hong Kong newspapers and posters advertising the upheaval in the city over the past weeks. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "Hong Kong protesters seek to educate mainland Chinese about their struggle around city train station," 8 July 2019 The LaHood Norton firm began advertising for clients in December, while LaHood still was DA, court records show. Brian Chasnoff, ExpressNews.com, "Appeals court halts San Antonio family violence case defended by LaHood’s firm," 3 July 2019 Before McDonald’s agreed to make the Happy Meal a national product, Bernstein’s Happy Meals were being tested and advertised for a couple of years in Kansas City, Phoenix and Denver. Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, "Who created the McDonald’s Happy Meal? 40 years later, the answer is complicated.," 3 July 2019 The measure also seeks to eliminate local restrictions on short-term vacation rentals, such as those advertised by Airbnb. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: From San Diego to Sacramento to Washington, housing politics are on fire," 30 June 2019 Sports clothing advertised for girls is consistently less durable, less waterproof and less accommodating of movement than the equivalent for young boys. The Economist, "For women, running is still an act of defiance," 28 June 2019 Users boycotted it in 2016 when a cancer patient died after spending thousands of dollars on a treatment advertised by a hospital on the search engine. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "China’s favorite food delivery service is now worth more than its biggest internet search firm," 24 June 2019 The cost advertised for the trip to space, dubbed the Heritage Flight, on celestis.com is $4,995 a person. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "SpaceX Falcon Heavy payload includes 152 human remains," 24 June 2019 Inside Hong Huong, also in Garden Grove, posters advertised corn milk on ice and the refrigerator was full of tapioca drinks and Vietnamese sweets. Tejal Rao, New York Times, "The Art of Banh Cuon, Vietnamese Rice Rolls," 20 June 2019

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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 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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