ad·​ver·​tis·​ing | \ ˈad-vər-ˌtī-ziŋ How to pronounce advertising (audio) \

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 The duo’s complementary partnership had long been rooted in a division of labor, with Sandberg handling management, advertising, and politics. Sarah Todd, Quartz, 7 June 2021 When each order carries more weight, your marketing, advertising, and sales dollars go further. Square Contributor, Forbes, 3 June 2021 Members get all of our content (including the magazine), no paywalls or content meters, an advertising-minimal experience, and unique access to our writers and editors (through conference calls, social media groups, and more). Wendell Cox, National Review, 27 May 2021 That’s been increasingly true since print advertising — newspapers’ lifeblood for decades — plummeted more than a decade ago. Washington Post, 21 May 2021 But where Apple’s business is selling hardware and services, Google makes most of its money from online advertising – a field that’s traditionally involved tracking people. Rob Pegoraro, USA TODAY, 20 May 2021 Firms may also face tighter regulations on advertising, fees and setting up new schools. Jacky Wong, WSJ, 17 May 2021 To woo back riders, CTA kicked off a marketing effort Friday that includes advertising, special events and new customer incentives. Chicago Tribune Staff,, 17 May 2021 His peripatetic career included stints as a TV and cable host; in radio, advertising, public relations, newspaper reporting, freelance writing and copy editing; and as an author. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, 9 May 2021

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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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10 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Advertising.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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