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 video, on the CoCoMelon channel, has been viewed 1.4 billion times and has generated millions of dollars in advertising revenue. Betsy Morris, WSJ, "Kids Love These YouTube Channels. Who Creates Them Is a Mystery.," 11 Apr. 2019 Unlike Google, which is at heart an advertising company, Apple can't puff up its profit in the roundabout ways that Google can. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "For Apple's Big Event on Monday, Hardware Is Just a Sideshow," 21 Mar. 2019 Specifically, that means accessibility and sentiment analysis either in apps or—and this is where users have to be cautious—advertising. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Video: A quick explainer on TrueDepth, the tech that’s in every new iPhone," 18 Sep. 2018 If a resume lists work on an advertising campaign over the past year, Watson can infer that the work involved digital marketing skills, for example. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "HR Departments Turn to AI-Enabled Recruiting in Race for Talent," 14 Mar. 2019 My dad, Arie Kopelman, had been working with Chanel at Doyle Dane Bernbach, their advertising agency, before leaving to go run the fashion house. Jill Kargman, Town & Country, ""I was the luckiest girl in the world to get a dress designed by Karl Lagerfeld."," 21 Feb. 2019 Walmart and other big retailers are now following Amazon into the advertising arena to monetize that information. Matthew Boyle, The Seattle Times, "Amazon has a big advertising business. Walmart wants one too," 19 Feb. 2019 Opponents, including a group called Scenic San Diego that has also fought against billboards, say that no coastal jurisdictions in California allow either building wraps or large advertising kiosks with video displays. David Garrick,, "Public outcry prompts port to shelve looser policy for building wrap ads," 13 July 2018 By failing to build another headquarters in a hub of media, advertising and tech like New York City, Amazon is missing out on agglomeration, says Michael Farren, a research fellow at the Mercatus center at George Mason University. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Why Amazon’s New York U-Turn Is Good for America’s Tech Economy," 16 Feb. 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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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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