Definition of advertising 

1 : the action of calling something to the attention of the public especially by paid announcements

2 : advertisements a magazine full of advertising

3 : the business of preparing advertisements for publication or broadcast looking for a job in advertising

Examples of advertising in a Sentence

He is looking for a job in advertising.

Recent Examples on the Web

Gilead has recently gone all-in with advertising to reach people at risk, including print campaigns and TV ads that will air through the summer. Washington Post, "Out-Of-Pocket Costs Put HIV Prevention Drug Out Of Reach For Many At Risk," 11 July 2018 This is the second round of cuts, after CMS reduced funding for navigators by 41 percent, from $62.5 million, last August, and also cut the budget for Obamacare outreach and advertising by 90 percent. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Administration Aims to Steer People Toward Junk Health Plans Over Obamacare," 11 July 2018 There’s now a problem with the advertising for NBA 2K19, which features LeBron James in his old Cavaliers threads, and one GameSpot fixed it: But as for the LeBron cover? Charles Curtis, For The Win, "'NBA 2K19' had a brilliant solution to its LeBron James free agency problem," 11 July 2018 Nearly half of 100 publishers surveyed by SembraMedia said members of their staff had suffered threats or blackmail, and more than half had lost advertising. The Economist, "Latin America’s new media are growing up," 14 July 2018 One was just 34, an advertising assistant who was engaged to be married. Dan Rodricks,, "Where have you gone, Mister Rogers?," 13 July 2018 Cindy Sherman’s now famous 1983 fashion series originated as an advertising assignment for Benson, who had a long-standing collaboration with Peter Hujar, examples of which were recently exhibited at the Morgan Library. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Dianne Benson, A Maverick Retailer in 1980s New York, Talks Fashion, Art, and Collaborators Like David Wojnarowicz and Cindy Sherman," 13 July 2018 In response, some businesses, like Facebook, have expressed more openness to regulation of practices like political advertising. New York Times, "Microsoft Urges Congress to Regulate Use of Facial Recognition," 13 July 2018 In addition to the text messages, the Judicial Crisis Network is putting the heat on Donnelly through advertising. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, "How unsolicited text messages were sent to Hoosiers to put pressure on Sen. Joe Donnelly," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of advertising

1717, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for advertising

advertise + -ing entry 1

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The first known use of advertising was in 1717

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English Language Learners Definition of advertising

: published or broadcast advertisements

: the business of creating advertisements


ad·​ver·​tis·​ing | \ˈad-vər-ˌtī-ziŋ\

Kids Definition of advertising

1 : speech, writing, pictures, or films meant to persuade people to buy something

2 : the business of preparing advertisements

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