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 Your Realtor’s marketing plan may include advertising the open house in the classified section of the newspaper, on his or her website or other online media, and directional signage in the neighborhood. Shannon Cobb Evans, Houston Chronicle, "Realtor View: Holding an open house can give you marketing edge," 7 Dec. 2019 According to Martin, social media marketing is no longer simply about advertising a product, but about providing potential customers with content. Gwen Aviles, NBC News, "Netflix jumps in on sex meme, creates path for other companies to follow suit," 6 Dec. 2019 It was advertised as a great place to build four townhome units with a set of plans ready to go. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, "A city is debating whether to demolish a piece of Whitey Bulger's grisly history," 4 Dec. 2019 The matter was added to the Amelia agenda too late for it to be advertised so, by law, the board can’t vote on it until next month. Washington Post, "In Virginia, and elsewhere, gun supporters prepare to defy new laws," 23 Nov. 2019 During the recent Jurassic World Live show — a sensory rich show that attracted lots of families with kids — 16 bags were checked out, even though they hadn't been advertised yet. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fiserv Forum's sensory rooms, sensory bags and staff training help guests cope when the games and shows are too overwhelming," 21 Nov. 2019 All 350 tickets for the walk sold out the first week it was advertised, said Sean Chaudhry, the owner of Hinsdale Wine Shop, who provided a different wine for each of the 23 businesses that participated. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Hinsdale Wine Walk gets high marks from merchants and visitors," 22 Oct. 2019 Ultimately, the teachable moment in the aftermath of Bell’s drop allowed Harbaugh to share his feelings on the harsh criticism that comes when a team is not as good as it was advertised. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "While defending his player, Michigan football's Jim Harbaugh answers own critics," 22 Oct. 2019 The commission’s meetings are open to the public, although they are not widely advertised. Los Angeles Times, "How organ and tissue donation companies worked their way into the county morgue," 13 Oct. 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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11 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Advertise.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/advertised. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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More Definitions for advertise

advertise

verb
How to pronounce advertise (audio)

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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