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 California Department of Motor Vehicles has accused Tesla of false advertising in its promotion of the company’s signature Autopilot and Full Self-Driving technologies. Russ Mitchellstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2022 Younger readers living in the name, image and likeness era, who will see a torrent of advertising featuring Olympic athletes as the 2024 Paris games draw nearer, may find Maraniss' detailed reporting of amateurism issues arcane, even bizarre. Jim Higgins, Journal Sentinel, 4 Aug. 2022 With the advent of mass advertising, businesses had easier ways to sell their goods, and observers predicted that door-to-door was doomed—a prediction that recurred with the rise of magazines, telephones, radios, and televisions. Tad Friend, The New Yorker, 1 Aug. 2022 In terms of advertising, ITV had expected a weaker second quarter after a strong opening quarter of 2022. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 July 2022 Google, which has a dominant share in the markets for internet search, navigation and video streaming, is considered a bellwether for the strength of online advertising. Miles Kruppa, WSJ, 26 July 2022 Google and Facebook, which renamed itself Meta last year, were long the kings of online advertising. Julia Love,, 25 July 2022 Fogelson joined Universal in 1998, beginning as vice president of creative advertising and rising to president of marketing and distribution in 2007. Brent Lang, Variety, 25 July 2022 For example, for e-commerce, the trade agreement may foster the growth of advertising and the sale of goods through online marketplaces. Meron Demisse, Quartz, 18 July 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

9 Aug 2022

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“Advertising.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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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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