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 We may be paid by an advertiser to deliver an advertisement or by a business customer to provide its employee with a service. Yoni Heisler, BGR, "Here’s how to stop your cell phone carrier from sharing so much of your private data," 26 Apr. 2021 Other short advertisement videos were approved by Facebook. Chris Mayhew, The Enquirer, "Update: Facebook says it mistakenly blocked one of many Crossroads Church ads," 24 Apr. 2021 Melina Matsoukas won the commercials award for a Beats by Dr. Dre advertisement; it was presented by director Spike Jonze, who has won multiple DGA awards for advertising, and comedian Tiffany Haddish. NBC News, "Chloe Zhao wins top Director's Guild of America prize for 'Nomadland'," 11 Apr. 2021 To coincide with the launch, More Than A Vote released an opening advertisement narrated by LeBron James that will air during the All-Star Game broadcast on TNT. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "'It’s the right moment': More Than A Vote launches 2021 campaign with new ad starring LeBron James," 5 Mar. 2021 The white envelope has a red notice printed on it, claiming this mailing wasn't a bill or an advertisement. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Blue Visa card looks like a stimulus scam. But it's not," 22 Jan. 2021 Like any good advertisement, the most sizzling sequences venerate his latest products. New York Times, "Can Jeff Koons Teach Me to Paint?," 27 Dec. 2020 According to a spokesperson, Busta didn’t get paid to promote Courvoisier until after the song’s free advertisement gave them a boost. Mankaprr Conteh, Rolling Stone, "Travis Scott’s Cacti Seltzer and the Long History of Hip-Hop Beverages," 8 Apr. 2021 In one advertisement, Mr. Teixeira urged viewers to buy a Chinese brand of appliances. New York Times, "Inter Milan, a Storied Italian Soccer Club, Is Threatened by Shifting Prospects in China," 16 Mar. 2021

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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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4 May 2021

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“Advertisement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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