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.

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The result, according to CHEQ, is that for LGBTQ news sites, the majority of their content may be unavailable for mainstream advertising. Tim Fitzsimons, NBC News, "'Lesbian' ban: Ad blacklists deprive LGBTQ news of revenue, study says," 17 Sep. 2019 The 2017 tax filing of the biennial, a nonprofit organization, shows a budget of more than $1 million for advertising and promotion. Blair Kamin,, "Column: Can you trust journalists on a junket? Chicago’s architecture biennial pays travel expenses of some who cover it.," 16 Sep. 2019 In March, the Connecticut supreme court ruled that families of those slain in the horrific massacre at Sandy Hook elementary school can sue Remington for its advertising. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The Lawfare Campaign against Gunmakers," 12 Sep. 2019 But advertising is not a one size fits all proposition. Jack Greiner,, "Strictly Legal: Is Facebook advertising discriminatory?," 10 Sep. 2019 Until recently, Vidovic served as head of UMPG Germany’s sync team, responsible for overseeing creative and licensing for advertising, film, TV, games and stage across Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Universal Music Publishing Group Elevates Thomas Vidovic to Managing Director in Germany," 10 Sep. 2019 In other words, consumers are picking up the tab for the advertising they themselves get bombarded with. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, "The Mysterious Economics of Face Wash," 6 Sep. 2019 Amazon has turned much of the site's premier space over to brands and rival third-party sellers for advertising, which generated about $3 billion in revenue last quarter. Author: Jay Greene, Anchorage Daily News, "Aggressive Amazon tactic pushes you to consider its own brand before you click ‘buy’ amazon," 29 Aug. 2019 JPMorgan Chase began testing the technology three years ago, and Lemkau says the company now hopes to use it not just for advertising but also in its internal communications and in customer-service prompts. Michelle Cheng, Quartz at Work, "JPMorgan Chase has an AI copywriter that writes better ads than humans can," 7 Aug. 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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20 Sep 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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