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 Two full-page advertisements supporting Palmer appeared in a local newspaper. oregonlive, "Case Closed: In Oregon campaign investigations, ‘I did not’ is all it takes," 17 Sep. 2019 Watchdog Truth in Advertising is accusing the toy review channel of failing to disclose brand deals to its very young viewers, fooling them into watching advertisements under the guise of entertainment. Wired, "Marketers Wanted a New Generation to Target, Hence Alphas," 17 Sep. 2019 The goal of my legislation is to ensure that all major platforms that sell political advertisements are held to the same rules of the road, something that is already required for television, radio and print political advertising. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Snap launches political ads library," 17 Sep. 2019 The idea of wearing many light articles of clothing rather than a few heavy ones was everywhere: my brother’s Boys’ Life magazines, advertisements from my local outdoors store, my summer camp’s suggested packing list. Rachel S. Gross, The Atlantic, "The Military Origins of Layering," 15 Sep. 2019 The woman is not affiliated with Ohioans for Energy Security, which is flooding Ohio homes with pro-House Bill 6 advertisements that warn residents not to give their personal information to the Chinese government, spokesman Carlo LoParo said. Jessie Balmert,, "Man says he was shoved while collecting signatures to overturn Ohio nuclear bailout," 11 Sep. 2019 Each year, our company produces award-winning advertisements seen by billions of consumers around the world. NBC News, "Mars Wrigley's Berta De Pablos-Barbier: 4 life lessons we're often taught too late," 11 Sep. 2019 One of Postino's walls is plastered with old photos, advertisements and archival material for the space that was once the Tattooed Lady, Pacific Street Station, Uncle Charlie's, and the Montrose Mining Company, Houston's longest-running gay bar. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Postino WineCafe rises in Montrose gay landmark," 11 Sep. 2019 To find clients, authorities said that Hamlett took explicit photos of the two girls and posted them on, a personal advertisement site that was taken down by federal investigators probing its use as an avenue to promote prostitution. Nicholas Rondinone,, "Hartford’s ‘Cadillac Black’ gets 15 years for trafficking underage girls," 10 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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31 Oct 2019

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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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