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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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 Republican Governors Association on Thursday began a weekslong campaign of negative television advertisements against Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous. Luke Broadwater,, "Republican Governors Association launches weekslong attack ad campaign against Ben Jealous," 12 July 2018 About 30 years ago, Nestle had a major advertisement program in Africa encouraging using formula over breast feeding., "Pediatrician shares the danger of promoting formula in poorer nations," 10 July 2018 Except for music, and the sound of a few advertisements still running on loop on the post-apocalyptic Earth where Wall-E is initially set, a significant portion of the film is silent. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Wall-E' References That Need to Be Revisited," 27 June 2018 And Wham-O tapped the powerful new medium of television with hokey, seemingly homemade advertisements. Alec Scott, Smithsonian, "The Iconic Hula Hoop Keeps on Rolling," 26 June 2018 Demand Justice, a liberal group, is running advertisements in Maine, aimed at Ms. Collins, as well in Alaska, the home state of another swing-vote Republican, Senator Lisa Murkowski. New York Times, "Senate Democrats Come Out Swinging in Long-Shot Fight to Block Kavanaugh," 10 July 2018 An exchange bureau advertisement in Cairo on Wednesday. Richard Barley, WSJ, "The Dollar Will Eventually Pay the Price for U.S. Deficits," 6 July 2018 The hip-hop superstar took over the streaming service's playlists this weekend, leaving some customers complaining of advertisements on their ad-free accounts. Colin Stutz, Billboard, "Spotify Subscribers Demand Refunds Over Too Much Drake Promotion," 2 July 2018 The group says the advertisements will reach 250,000 people across the six states and will first launch through a texting campaign this week. Colby Itkowitz, Washington Post, "The Health 202: ACLU asks court to force government to pay cost of reuniting migrant families," 13 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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