advertise

verb
ad·​ver·​tise | \ ˈad-vər-ˌtīz How to pronounce advertise (audio) \
advertised; advertising

Definition of advertise

transitive verb

1 : to make something known to : notify
2a : to make publicly and generally known advertising their readiness to make concessions
b : to announce publicly especially by a printed notice or a broadcast a poster advertising forthcoming events
c : to call public attention to especially by emphasizing desirable qualities so as to arouse a desire to buy or patronize : promote a company advertising its newest products

intransitive verb

: to issue or sponsor advertising advertise for a secretary

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Other Words from advertise

advertiser noun

Examples of advertise in a Sentence

They are advertising the new edition of the book. The vacation was advertised as a week in paradise. It turned out to be exactly as advertised. Business increased after we began to advertise on the radio. If you want to attract customers, it pays to advertise. The company is advertising for a secretary. We advertised the job in the paper. She advertised her presence by wearing a skimpy dress.
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In June last year, for example, the social-media giant rolled out a feedback feature as part of an initiative to crack down on e-commerce businesses that advertise products that are unsatisfactory or don’t arrive on time. Lara O’reilly, WSJ, "Facebook Promises to Crack Down on Scam Ads After U.K. Lawsuit," 23 Jan. 2019 Three months earlier, Facebook disclosed that there was a Russian campaign that advertised a faux protest in Washington, DC. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "On eve of US elections, Facebook pulls down 115 “inauthentic” accounts," 6 Nov. 2018 Airlines advertise green initiatives and grab headlines with special flights powered partly by oil produced from plants and other green sources. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "Just How Green Are U.S. Airlines?," 13 Feb. 2019 There was no sundried tomato, despite being advertised on the menu, and the dish was better for it. Anna Caplan, star-telegram, "The food doesn't yet live up to the Perch's pretty promise of a view," 14 June 2018 ExtraMile convenience stores used a caped crusader mascot, ExtraMan, to advertise specials. John Sowell, idahostatesman, "Why the signs at 25 Jacksons Food Stores in the Treasure Valley will come down | Idaho Statesman," 2 May 2018 The unofficial home appraisals have been around for more than a decade and are a way for real estate agents to advertise and reach potential buyers and sellers. Catherine Reagor, azcentral, "Zillow to start buying and selling metro Phoenix homes," 21 Apr. 2018 According to the report from the Korea Herald, Apple has required its Korean carrier partners to advertise the iPhone and perform repairs on broken handsets at their own cost—a possible violation of local laws. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Apple Releases New iPhone as HomePod Sales Disappoint," 14 Apr. 2018 So the county advertised again and received a winning bid from the YWCA. Karen Farkas, cleveland.com, "How does Cuyahoga County award contracts and purchase items?," 19 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of advertise

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for advertise

Middle English advertisen, avertysen "to pay attention to, take note of, notify, inform," borrowed from Anglo-French avertiss-, advertiss-, stem of avertir, advertir "to notify, (reflexive) recognize, be mindful of" — more at advert entry 1

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advertise

verb

English Language Learners Definition of advertise

: to make the public aware of something (such as a product) that is being sold
: to make a public announcement (in a newspaper, on the Internet, etc.) about something that is wanted or available
: to cause people to notice (something)

advertise

verb
ad·​ver·​tise | \ ˈad-vər-ˌtīz How to pronounce advertise (audio) \
advertised; advertising

Kids Definition of advertise

1 : to call to public attention to persuade to buy advertise a car
2 : to announce publicly The fundraising event was advertised on TV.

Other Words from advertise

advertiser noun

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