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 Sure, all these contributions enable a candidate to purchase more signs, advertising, travel and staff. Mike Masterson, Arkansas Online, "MASTERSON ONLINE: Money taints politics," 26 Dec. 2020 Together, those groups account for about $138 million in ad buys, more than one-quarter of all special election advertising spending. Julie Bykowicz, WSJ, "Democrats Dominate Fundraising in Georgia Senate Runoffs," 25 Dec. 2020 By the 1920s, Cream of Wheat was booming, thanks in part to aggressive advertising, and the company needed a much larger manufacturing facility. Star Tribune, "The 1904 Cream of Wheat factory was a rare, classical beauty," 25 Dec. 2020 Yin Mingfei, a manager of a cafe in a shopping center in the city's central business district, said the heating had been switched off for nearly two weeks, and electronic advertising billboards and escalators weren't working. Nectar Gan, CNN, "China turns off the lights in 'Christmas town' as officials race to meet energy targets," 25 Dec. 2020 Johnson sees ironic parallels in how women were represented by mostly male 20th-century artists and advertising executives. Washington Post, "In the galleries: A satire on images of women and the objects they advertise," 25 Dec. 2020 What does the fact that 44 percent of small businesses increased advertising during the pandemic effectively mean? Dipayan Ghosh, Wired, "Nice Try, Facebook. iOS Changes Aren’t Bad for Small Businesses," 24 Dec. 2020 Media messages and consumerist advertising have a powerful influence on kids’ desire for the latest toys and gadgets. Jessica Mccrory Calarco, The Atlantic, "The Real Problem With the ‘Naughty List’," 24 Dec. 2020 Now, such companies’ lavish advertising budgets are being used to spread a new kind of doubt in the face of a new consensus about how to deal with that problem: Phase out fossil fuel use as quickly as possible while phasing in renewables. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Carbon Capture Is Not a Climate Savior," 24 Dec. 2020

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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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30 Dec 2020

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“Advertising.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 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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