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 Some of the women have urged followers in the private group to call state officials, respond to Mr. Cuomo’s accusers and rivals on Twitter, attend rallies and contribute thousands of dollars for pro-Cuomo advertising. Khadeeja Safdar, WSJ, "Andrew Cuomo’s Loudest Supporters: ‘Women for Governor Cuomo’," 2 May 2021 That independent expenditure group has so far spent a total of $53,167 for advertising and attorney fees in support of Bronson’s campaign. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, "As thousands flow into Anchorage mayor’s race from Outside, Dunbar files complaint against group supporting Bronson," 1 May 2021 Some civil rights groups have also called for a menthol ban, given cigarette companies’ long history of targeting menthol cigarette advertising toward Black communities. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "How the FDA's Menthol Cigarette Ban Fits Into a New Era of U.S. Tobacco Regulation," 29 Apr. 2021 The groups paid for $4.9 million in TV and radio ads while the legislature considered passing HB6, according to Medium Buying, a Columbus political advertising firm. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "Oil and gas trade group gave more than $1 million to anti-HB6 dark money campaign," 28 Apr. 2021 Sandeep Reddy, Six Flags Entertainment Corporation's chief financial officer, said the company is trying to bring in more seasonal workers through job fairs and advertising. Fortune, "Long lines at Six Flags? Blame immigration limits, says its CEO," 28 Apr. 2021 Despite losing share, Google still dominates search advertising. Peter Cohan, Forbes, "Google Stock To Outpace Microsoft’s In Post Pandemic Economy," 28 Apr. 2021 Tribune, like the rest of the newspaper industry, struggled during the public health crisis as businesses shut down and advertising waned. Hallie Miller,, "The Baltimore Sun, Tribune Publishing sued by Capital Gazette landlord for more than $570,000," 28 Apr. 2021 Its plaintiffs are three California women who allege deceptive trade practices and false advertising. Ken Ritter, ajc, "Vegas agency links more liver ailments to 'Real Water' brand," 28 Apr. 2021

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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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5 May 2021

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“Advertising.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 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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