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 Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, for example, had spent around $19 million on advertising as of last month, just $9 million more than Bloomberg is expected to drop on this single commercial. TheWeek, "Michael Bloomberg is buying a $10 million Super Bowl ad to get 'under Trump's skin'," 7 Jan. 2020 Inside agencies, men and women still struggle with the fallout of #MeToo Anonymous advertising agency employees told online trade magazine Digiday that, since #MeToo, their workplaces have felt unsettled and divided among gender lines. Halley Bondy, NBC News, "In the know: Women in the news 12/30 - 1/3," 3 Jan. 2020 The New York Times has reported that Bloomberg, whose worth has been estimated at about $50 billion, has spent almost $150 million on advertising so far and is likely to spend much more before Super Tuesday. Mike Cason |, al, "Mike Bloomberg campaign takes aim at healthcare for mothers," 30 Dec. 2019 Bloomberg intends to spent $100 million through the end of the year, including $14 million on TV advertising in California alone. Joe Garofoli,, "Mike Bloomberg, Tom Steyer try to convince California they’re not just rich," 15 Dec. 2019 Fifty-six percent of Gen Z consumers already shop outside of their gender, ignoring clothing that’s labeled and categorized into gendered sections, according to a study by advertising agency J. Walter Thompson. Alexis Benveniste, Fortune, "Someday There Might Not Be a Menswear Department," 8 Dec. 2019 The city has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years with advertising agencies to create new mottos, slogans or nicknames. Mckenna Oxenden,, "What are the stories behind Baltimore’s nicknames, from Charm City to The Greatest City in America?," 6 Dec. 2019 Bill Bossier, owner of Renaissance Creative, an advertising agency that created the entrance's photo display, said the facility will be more than a place for people to exercise. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "One of the 'nicest YMCAs' anywhere will open soon in west Louisville. Why it's so vital," 5 Dec. 2019 Leveraging the Premier League’s popularity also provided SportPesa with a marketing outlet amid a clampdown on outdoor and social media advertising in Kenya as part of measures to control the rise of betting addiction locally. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "African brands spend over $40 million a year to advertise in the world’s richest soccer league," 29 Nov. 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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11 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Advertising.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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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