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 This leaning water tower may look like it’s on the brink of falling over, but it was actually put there as an advertisement for a truck stop (which no longer exists). Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, "16 Route 66 Attractions Worth a Stop," 1 Aug. 2020 The Republican Party released a scathing advertisement against a Marxist Black Lives Matter co-founder. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "'This isn't about justice': GOP releases ad targeting Marxist co-founder of Black Lives Matter," 25 June 2020 The photo was staged as an advertisement for Large Magazine, a street magazine in Sydney, Australia, which is no longer in print. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Photo of all-Black ER staff treating Klan member is an ad," 11 July 2020 How about a grocery store advertisement, displaying the price of milk, etc. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Friendswood time capsule waits to be opened in 56 years," 3 July 2020 Today's legal challenge builds on a previous defamation lawsuit against Wisconsin television station WJFW-NBC, which ran the advertisement after a cease-and-desist letter from the Trump campaign. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Democrats plan for smaller convention in Milwaukee," 24 June 2020 When situations like these reach public discussion, critics often question who was seated at the table when the advertisement or product was made. Hannah Denham, Washington Post, "Geico quietly takes down ad referencing Civil War massacre of black soldiers," 23 June 2020 Priorities USA is running a second version of the advertisement on digital platforms. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Democratic group pounces on Trump 'slow down the testing' remark with new ad," 22 June 2020 Armelli, who founded Prodigal Ministries, has since taken the advertisement down. Sharon Coolidge, The Enquirer, "Therapist who violated Cincinnati's conversion therapy law no longer an NKU teacher," 11 Apr. 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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7 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Advertisement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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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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