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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At the Walmart in Rocky Hill, a gallon of whole milk is selling for $2.79, but at the Walmart in Lisbon, it was advertised at just $1.20, according to a Stemerman staffer. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "Politics and the Price of Milk," 14 July 2018 Without sponsors, Shiru’s Providence outpost has not yet advertised any companies or sent any corporate communications, customers said. Graham Ambrose, BostonGlobe.com, "Free coffee — with a catch — is coming to Massachusetts," 14 July 2018 More than 40 percent of podcast listeners in one survey looked up an item or service that was advertised. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Companies stay on your mind with sponsored podcasts," 1 June 2018 Rick Scott loyalists have the inside track Two top jobs were not advertised. Steve Bousquet, miamiherald, "While Gov. Scott focuses on his Senate campaign, how well is Florida working? | Miami Herald," 11 May 2018 An investigation by the DFS found the program was actively advertised in New York by the NRA both online and through traditional mail. Bloomberg.com, "NRA-Branded Insurance Program Is Unlawful, New York Regulators Say," 2 May 2018 Stratmeyer said the project will be advertised for construction bids in about a month or two. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Harford County moving ahead with final leg of Moores Mill Road upgrades," 27 Apr. 2018 That morphed into tangle of questions over whether the measure had been properly advertised to the public, whether the council needed to hold a formal public comment session on it and whether the need to do so prevented immediate action. Lawrence Specker, AL.com, "What's up, dock? Old pledge to Airbus nears fulfillment," 24 Apr. 2018 Campaigns spent tens of millions of dollars organizing and advertising online to get their messages out further. The Washington Post, cleveland.com, "Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to Capitol Hill: 'It was my mistake, and I'm sorry.'," 9 Apr. 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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