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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Synonyms for advertisement


ad, advert [chiefly British], announcement, bulletin, communiqué, notice, notification, posting, release

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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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The next day, Allison Outdoor Advertising announced the advertisement was coming down, according to WTVC-TV. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Controversial gun store billboard calling four congresswomen "idiots" to be taken down," 2 Aug. 2019 The advertisement for an electronic payment system featured Singaporean actor Dennis Chew portraying four different characters, including what appeared to be an Indian man and a Malay woman in a headscarf. Amy Gunia, Time, "Singaporean Broadcaster's Advertisement Prompts 'Brownface' Controversy," 31 July 2019 In June, the types of jobs with the most advertisements were retail salespeople with 1,719 postings. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego unemployment up marginally to 3.3%," 19 July 2019 Dutch search engine consultant Eduard Blacquière documented the changes in size and placement of adwords (link in Dutch), the pay-per-click advertisements that run alongside searches, between 2010 and 2014. Tim O'reilly, Quartz, "Antitrust regulators are using the wrong tools to break up Big Tech," 17 July 2019 They are deployed on Web sites and in advertisements and e-mail; Amazon, Facebook, Google, and many other companies use tracking pixels to follow their users from site to site. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, "What the Superhuman Controversy Reveals About the Shifting Ethics of Software," 17 July 2019 The plan, which was almost too simple, involved taking out an advertisement in USA Today. Dallas News, "How Ross Perot put up $5 million so U.S. agents could stage a sting to recover a stolen moon rock," 14 July 2019 The road merges briefly with I-295, sailing past the big advertisements for the summer concert series at Thompson’s Point, before resuming its own course on the north side. James Sullivan,, "Driven by one goal: To meander in Maine," 27 June 2019 Jake Gyllenhaal, who will play a character named Mysterio in the upcoming film, also appeared in the advertisement. , Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "Catch this former Louisville basketball player in the new 'Spider-Man' movie commercial," 26 June 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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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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