ad·​ver·​tise·​ment | \ˌad-vər-ˈtīz-mənt; əd-ˈvər-təz-mənt, -tə-smənt \

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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Reining in proxy advisers has been a priority of corporate groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which took out advertisements earlier this year in major newspapers urging the SEC to limit their influence. Gabriel T. Rubin, WSJ, "Regulators Will Move to Rein In Proxy Advisers in 2019, SEC Chairman Says," 6 Dec. 2018 According to an interview with TIME Money, the two moms quit their retail jobs to run their Instagram account—a full-time job that pays their bills through sponsored content and advertisements. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Here Are The Best Days To Shop At Target, Based On What You’re Looking For," 12 Oct. 2018 Nike's latest advertisement will give you both goosebumps and teary eyes. Emily Wang, Glamour, "Nike’s New Ad Is a Powerful Home Video of Young Serena Williams and Her Dad," 27 Aug. 2018 The 2015 advertisement features short vignettes highlighting different strong, hard-working women across the world. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "This UN Women Ad Starring Meghan Markle Proves She's Always Been a Champion For Equality," 9 Aug. 2018 The popularity of an exercise product or technique was determined based on the amount of promotion the fad received, either through advertisements or in the media. USA TODAY, "The biggest exercise fad the year you were born," 12 July 2018 But officials plan to make up the difference by securing advertisements from businesses that would then be displayed on the new scoreboards, said Superintendent Brian Harris. Todd Shields,, "Barrington High School to replace stadium scoreboard with larger, high-definition screen," 10 July 2018 The political advertisements have caused local consternation as well. Eli Rosenberg, The Seattle Times, "Republicans attack Jewish candidates, including Kim Schrier, with an age-old caricature: fistfuls of cash," 6 Nov. 2018 As for Steve and Robin, the two look less-than-enthusiastic about their roles in the advertisement—and, perhaps, their jobs at Scoops Ahoy in the food court. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Stranger Things Season 3 First Look: Hawkins Is Getting a Fancy New Mall," 16 July 2018

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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, ad-ˈvər-təz-\

Kids Definition of advertisement

: a notice or short film advertising something

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