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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The administration relented in 2011 by allowing students to perform the play on campus, but they were barred from advertising the event off campus, and student IDs were required for entry. Chad Sokol, The Seattle Times, "Gonzaga University to host ‘The Vagina Monologues,’ a play once banned on campus," 10 Feb. 2019 If a diet is advertised with any of the following, run the other way. 1. Abby Langer, SELF, "Most Diets Don't Work, But If a Diet Promises These 4 Things, Run Away," 5 Jan. 2019 The town newspaper, The Placencia Breeze, gives an impression of current concerns, advertising the chocolate festival (May), a birding festival (October), and the big one, the lobster festival in June. Horatio Clare, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why You Should Go to Belize Now," 21 Dec. 2018 At my local dealers, a four-door 4x4 diesel Titan XD with leather is advertised for about $44,000. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Diesel Truck Battle (Non-HD): F-150 Diesel Vs. Nissan Titan XD," 25 Jan. 2019 Models of the phone were advertised by celebrities including American singer Fergie and soccer star David Beckham. Rob Barry, WSJ, "Return of the Razr—With a Foldable Screen and $1,500 Price," 16 Jan. 2019 The company’s service, called Passcode Lockout Data Recovery, is advertised for regular consumers and not seemingly designed for law enforcement or any other type of official cybersecurity business. Nick Statt, The Verge, "DriveSavers claims it has a way to break into locked iPhones with 100 percent success," 27 Nov. 2018 The transportation methods of shipping this raw chicken was not advertised, either. Caroline Judelson, Fox News, "Woman's ad for raw-chicken 'teddy bears' pulled from Facebook Marketplace," 8 Aug. 2018 The town manager position, with a salary listed at $200,000, was advertised about June 10 and responses are due on Monday, July 9. John Laidler, BostonGlobe.com, "Consulting firm hired to help find new Lexington town manager," 2 July 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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