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 The Facebook page also includes an advertisement for a protest planned for Saturday outside the Santa Monica home of Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. local time. Dom Calicchio, Fox News, "Los Angeles bar owner rips Garcetti, Newsom over double standard on outdoor dining," 6 Dec. 2020 They were first paired up by Liberty Records after responding to the same advertisement seeking songwriters, and wrote more than a dozen songs remotely before meeting face to face. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "'I've never stopped enjoying singing it': Elton John on 'Your Song' at 50, new rarities box set," 10 Nov. 2020 On November 4, the makeup mogul posted another advertisement for her Kendall Collection restock. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Kylie Jenner Is Being Blasted by Fans for Posting Makeup Ads on Election Day," 4 Nov. 2020 The advertisement for this year’s event was a little different. Eric Felten, WSJ, "Cocktail Books: Here’s to Simple Pleasures," 24 Dec. 2020 In design terms, think of it as an epic advertisement for function determining form and a great, gray example of adaptive reuse. Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times, "San Diego’s Waterfront: a driving tour," 22 Dec. 2020 BadGirlRiRi gets sneaky in her new Fenty Skin advertisement, which reveals her skincare line will be available at Sephora, Harvey Nichols and Boots UK stores the day after Christmas. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Rihanna Is on a Stealthy Mission for Her New Fenty Skin & Sephora Ad," 17 Dec. 2020 Facebook on Thursday ran its second full-page newspaper advertisement in as many days, attacking Apple's plans to tell iPhone and iPad users when apps are tracking them online. NBC News, "Facebook and Apple are in a fight. Your browsing history is in the middle.," 17 Dec. 2020 The letter was in a full-page, color advertisement in the Washington Post Tuesday, paid for by the progressive Grassroots Law Project. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, "Breonna Taylor's mother pens letter to Biden in full-page Washington Post ad," 16 Dec. 2020

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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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16 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Advertisement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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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