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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Many colleges and universities don’t want to advertise their anti-LGBTQ policies. Charlotte West, Teen Vogue, "How Title IX Exemptions Allow Religious Colleges to Discriminate Against LGBTQ Students," 15 Oct. 2018 Fare transparency: Airlines will still have to advertise the entire price of the ticket, including mandatory fees and taxes, preserving a rule that the airlines have fought to repeal ever since it was implemented in 2012. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "How the New FAA Bill Will Affect Air Travelers," 24 Sep. 2018 Those products could include e-cigarettes, though the FDA has not given any company permission to advertise its device as a quit-smoking aid. Fox News, "Calling teen vaping 'epidemic,' officials weigh flavor ban," 13 Sep. 2018 My Instagram account was the best way to advertise my nutrition consulting business, so maintaining a certain persona there felt completely crucial to my success, and eventually, my identity. Denby Royal, SELF, "I Used to Be a Wellness Influencer. Now I'm an Alternative Medicine Skeptic," 9 Aug. 2018 The list excludes new construction and homes without seller permission to advertise or promote. Reema Amin, baltimoresun.com, "Housing indicators reflect strong seller's market in Baltimore region," 13 July 2018 Detectives posted fake ads on websites known to advertise prostitution and the men who called the number listed on the ad spoke with an undercover female officer who provided a meeting location, police said. Jess Nocera, Howard County Times, "Six men accused by Howard police of trying to hire prostitutes," 11 July 2018 The resolution suggested that formula making companies should not be allowed to advertise that formula is better than breast feeding. Philly.com, "Pediatrician shares the danger of promoting formula in poorer nations," 10 July 2018 The consumer advocate Ralph Nader, who sued the Commonwealth of Virginia to allow pharmacies to advertise drug prices. New York Times, "America Has Gone Off the Rails. Steven Brill Sees Ways to Get It Back on Track.," 2 July 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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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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