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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One, Liberty Front Press, had a registration email that appeared on advertisements for website designers based in Tehran. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Social Media Crime Fighters at FireEye Are Helping Facebook Find Fake Accounts," 12 Oct. 2018 Clear Channel Outdoor, a public out-of-home media company, has a product that can demonstrate cause and effect from exposure to an advertisement, like if footfalls in stores or visits to websites increased before and after exposure to an ad. Rani Molla, Recode, "Billboards — yes, billboards — are having a heyday in a digital world," 25 Sep. 2018 Best known in the U.S. for playing Blink in the X-Men franchise and appearing in advertisements for brands like Guerlain and De Beers, Fan hasn’t been seen in public since July 1 or been active on social media since late July. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Where Is Fan Bingbing?," 13 Sep. 2018 Bollywood stars have chimed in too, using their social media accounts and appearing in government advertisements to discourage plastic usage. Vidhi Doshi, Washington Post, "Mumbai’s plastic ban carries costly fines and jail sentences for offenders," 26 June 2018 And last year, conservative commentator Sean Hannity warned in an advertisement that tariffs on solar imports could threaten U.S. jobs. Brian Eckhouse,, "Trump's Love for Coal and Republicans Who Want More Solar," 7 June 2018 The pageant is an extended advertisement not for taffy shops on the boardwalk, or now for a particular Beautiful Bathing Girl, but indeed for the opposite: for the Beautiful Bathing Girl, as a general idea. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Miss America 2.0: The Inner Beauty Pageant?," 5 June 2018 Only a few building elements remain, including a power plant that's now known for a Home Depot advertisement on its smokestack. Pete Corson, ajc, "The second lives of Sears buildings," 2 June 2018 Facebook introduced new disclosure rules for political advertisements this week designed to block bad actors from meddling in elections. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook’s new political ad rules could upend June 5th primaries," 25 May 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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