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.

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There's no manual for any of this, few blueprints to follow, and little money for advertising – which may be why so much of the traffic keeps moving right on by. CBS News, "Roadside America: A tiny slice of Americana," 3 June 2018 Last year, health officials halved the length of the annual sign-up period for Americans to buy ACA health plans and also slashed by 90 percent the federal funds for advertising and other outreach efforts to urge people to enroll. Amy Goldstein, Washington Post, "Trump administration takes another major swipe at the Affordable Care Act," 7 July 2018 That will entail digging deep into their own pockets to pay for advertising. Joshua Green,, "The Dems Take Obamacare on the Road," 25 June 2018 The system allowed for unlimited advertising by funds. San Antonio Express-News, "A nudge in the right direction for irrational investors (like you and me)," 15 June 2018 The biggest economic gift, however, would be the opportunity for advertising throughout the system. Peter Wayner, The Atlantic, "The New York City Subway Is Beyond Repair," 9 June 2018 An employee asked him about WhatsApp’s plans for advertising. Deepa Seetharaman, WSJ, "Behind the Messy, Expensive Split Between Facebook and WhatsApp’s Founders," 5 June 2018 This is part of a wave of ad suspension that began when Facebook started enforcing new rules for political advertising last week. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Facebook’s ad rules are forcing news outlets to register as political advertisers," 1 June 2018 Luke Brands, Collins said, is not involved in lawsuits in the U.S. and Canada filed by Tim Hortons franchise owners claiming that Restaurant Brands International misspent money meant for advertising. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "Luke Brands ends big plans for Tim Hortons in Indy," 18 May 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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18 Oct 2018

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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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