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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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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25 Sep 2022

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“Advertisement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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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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