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

Jeff Blackburn, head of Amazon’s video and advertising businesses, gave a rare interview last October at a Vanity Fair event. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "As Jeff Bezos ponders space travel, Amazon executives move out of the shadows," 9 June 2019 Each Facebook user in Asia generates only $11 of advertising revenue a year, compared with $112 for a North American one. The Economist, "The second half of humanity is joining the internet," 8 June 2019 Creators that repeatedly violate the new hate speech policies will no longer be able to participate in the Partner program, which supplies channels with advertising revenue. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "YouTube plans to ban thousands of white supremacist and extremist videos," 5 June 2019 Last week, the DC Association of Chartered Public Schools, an advocacy organization, launched a radio and digital advertising campaign in Spanish and English, calling on the city to release empty facilities to charter schools. Perry Stein, Washington Post, "Bowser relinquishes an empty school campus for the first time, potentially for a charter school," 4 June 2019 The picture was used, Fotis Dulos wrote, for Foregroup’s 2018 advertising campaign, as was a separate photo of one of his sons in a water-skiing competition. Josh Kovner,, "Michelle Troconis, jet-setting businesswoman, lived openly with Fotis Dulos as he defied court orders in divorce with missing wife Jennifer," 3 June 2019 Food and beverage create the largest impact in terms of gross rating points (GRPs), a metric used to measure the impact of advertising campaigns. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Two female actors have pipped Bollywood’s Khans in endorsements," 30 May 2019 More Coverage Walmart, like Target, is investing in its advertising business. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, "Target Looks to Acquire WPP’s Retail Ad Firm Triad," 23 May 2019 But [Arthur] was the architect of the advertising model used so effectively to push the drug. Norman Vanamee, Town & Country, "How Sackler Became the Most Toxic Name in Philanthropy," 16 May 2019

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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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14 Jun 2019

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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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