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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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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Wyeth did make images of African Americans in his role as an illustrator for commercial advertisements, including renderings of Aunt Jemima, a minstrel-show figure used to market a pancake mix since 1889, but those aren’t included in the exhibition. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "N.C. Wyeth painted the world full of beauty, resilience and adventure. And full of white people.," 3 July 2019 Facebook is discriminating against millions of women by allowing companies to target job advertisements toward men, according to charges filed on Tuesday against the company with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "Facebook accused of allowing gender bias in job ads," 18 Sep. 2018 In government filings and job advertisements, such companies list monthly worker salaries of 16,000 to 20,000 rubles. Anatoly Kurmanaev, WSJ, "Thousands of North Korean Workers Enter Russia Despite U.N. Ban," 2 Aug. 2018 In May, state labor officials said the local employer with most job advertisements, 1,855, was UC San Diego. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego unemployment falls to 2.8%," 21 June 2019 Quiznos’ melt is made with white button mushrooms and, based on an advertisement, what appears to be bread with food coloring on top. Josie Sexton, The Know, "Cheba Hut is sending Quiznos a cease-and-desist for “magic mushroom” sandwich," 21 June 2019 There were advertisements for thriving places around New York to eat, each now extinct: the Forum of the Twelve Caesars, Tower Suite, Schrafft’s restaurants. Bob Greene, WSJ, "The Extinct Companies That Sponsored the Future," 17 June 2019 Some great Father’s Day gift suggestions from a downtown department store’s advertisements. Leah Garchik,, "Keeping your sex life vibrant may mean washing the windows," 13 June 2019 On several occasions, over the course of his career, he was recruited at the last minute as a model and appeared in a few print advertisements in national magazines., "Edwin F. Snelgrove," 9 June 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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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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