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 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is working on a proposed rule that would require drug companies to disclose the list prices of prescription medications when advertising them directly to consumers on television. WSJ, "Should Drug Prices Be Disclosed in Ads Targeted Directly to Consumers?," 30 Apr. 2019 That's because while Airbnb only factors in places that are actually booked, Bloomberg takes into account all of the Airbnbs advertised on the site in each city (yes, including this $2,000-a-night villa in Dubai). Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "The World's Most Expensive Cities for Airbnbs," 24 July 2018 On Friday, Facebook also took down an ad from a Walmart store in Beeville, Texas, that was advertising Bush's baked beans on sale for $1.77 ahead of the Fourth of July. Sarah Frier, Anchorage Daily News, "Facebook’s algorithm blocks ads for Bush’s beans, singers named Clinton," 3 July 2018 With some book clubs being advertised on city subways and even national TV shows, lucrative opportunities are ripe for marketers, publishers, and authors. Rachel King, Fortune, "Book Clubs Are Really Having a Moment Right Now," 2 July 2018 For that reason, food and drink specials aren’t typically advertised much in advance. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "Your questions about Chicago Pride Fest and the Chicago Pride Parade, answered," 12 June 2018 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

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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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The first known use of advertise was in the 15th century

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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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