ad·​ver·​tise·​ment | \ ˌad-vər-ˈtīz-mənt How to pronounce advertisement (audio) ; əd-ˈvər-təz-mənt, -tə-smənt How to pronounce advertisement (audio) \

Definition of advertisement

1 : a public notice especially : one published in the press or broadcast over the air a full-page advertisement for the movie a TV advertisement
2 : the act or process of advertising something The company has spent a lot of money on advertisement.

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Examples of advertisement in a Sentence

The advertisement will appear in three magazines. He learned about the job from an advertisement in the newspaper. The company has spent a lot of money on advertisement.
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Recent Examples on the Web Fast-forward to acquisition of the house around 1985 by Jonathan Herman and his wife, who saw an intriguing advertisement for it in the real estate section of the Baltimore Sun. Mary Ann Ashcraft,, "Carroll Yesteryears: Norwood Mansion and Terrace Hill: Two architectural treasures in Carroll County," 23 Nov. 2019 Earlier on Friday, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network ran an advertisement on Fox News calling for restrictions on flavored vaping products minutes before Trump appeared on the cable TV network for an interview. Josh Wingrove, Fortune, "Vaping Fight Hits Fever Pitch With Meeting at White House," 22 Nov. 2019 Fourteen years ago Listi Dewi, Idrus’s older sister, saw an advertisement for a job working in a restaurant. The Economist, "Low-skilled migrantsWhen a worker migrates, a family benefits," 14 Nov. 2019 An advertisement for the podcast can be seen near the Chocolate Oasis in the downtown Rochester underground walkway system. Matthew Stolle, Twin Cities, "Fired for wearing ‘MAGA’ hat to Trump rally, ex-Rochester journalist has no regrets," 22 Oct. 2019 An advertisement in The Boston Globe for a sporting-goods store offered jockey straps for athletes playing a kind of roller hockey known in New England as polo. Ben Zimmer, The Atlantic, "Why Trump Wouldn’t Say ‘Jockstrap’," 3 Oct. 2019 Following the game, Secret underarm deodorant placed an advertisement in the Tampa Bay Times mocking the Buccaneers for their field goal failures. Adam Renuart, CNN, "The undefeated Patriots and Bills will face off this NFL Sunday," 29 Sep. 2019 Right, this isn’t an advertisement for a back-to-school sale. oregonlive, "Powerful school-shooting PSA lulls viewer with advertisement-like images, then shocks with reality (video)," 19 Sep. 2019 The average player spends eight minutes per game session -- much longer, Macchio notes, than someone might spend looking at an advertisement or even reading a news story. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "Leveling Up: How an Online Game Became AWAL's Secret Marketing Weapon," 9 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of advertisement

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for advertisement

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French avertisement, advertissement, from avertiss-, advertiss-, stem of avertir, advertir "to notify, (reflexive) recognize, be mindful of" + -ment -ment — more at advert entry 1

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The first known use of advertisement was in the 15th century

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28 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Advertisement.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of advertisement

: something (such as a short film or a written notice) that is shown or presented to the public to help sell a product or to make an announcement
: a person or thing that shows how good or effective something is
: the act or process of advertising


ad·​ver·​tise·​ment | \ ˌad-vər-ˈtīz-mənt How to pronounce advertisement (audio) , ad-ˈvər-təz- \

Kids Definition of advertisement

: a notice or short film advertising something

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