pub·li·cize | \ˈpə-blə-ˌsīz \
publicized; publicizing

Definition of publicize 

transitive verb

: to bring to the attention of the public : advertise

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Examples of publicize in a Sentence

The company neglected to publicize the side effects of the new drug. a highly publicized murder trial

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Bruno permitted reporters to use her daughter's name and photo, saying the case was already highly publicized. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mom, activists find missing Milwaukee girl in Chicago after disturbing video posts on Facebook," 29 June 2018 Warmer ties between the two countries have been highly-publicized in Russian and Chinese state media in recent months, including an interview on Chinese state TV last week when Putin spoke glowingly of President Xi Jinping. Ben Westcott, CNN, "Putin heads to Beijing for state visit with birthday buddy Xi Jinping," 8 June 2018 The headline-grabbing Sullivan murder case was one of the most highly publicized of its time. Dan Klepal, ajc, "Triggerman in socialite Lita Sullivan’s murder released from prison," 26 May 2018 Baum, who vanished walking back from a friend's house in McCleary, is one of the region's most highly publicized missing child cases. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Lindsey Baum case: Remains found by hunters in 2017 ID'd as long-missing Wash. girl," 10 May 2018 Following strict advertising and communications laws, A Therapeutic Alternative could only publicize their menu featuring sale products and prices inside the dispensary, on their website and on sites for visitors 21 and older. Julia Sclafani, sacbee, "Marijuana on clearance as dispensaries sell off inventory before new rules take effect," 28 June 2018 The alleged 2012 assault was not publicized until 2013, amid controversy of a cover up by the school and Tallahassee police. Charlotte Carroll,, "Buccaneers' Jameis Winston Apologizes to Uber Driver After Being Given Three-Game Suspension," 28 June 2018 As part of the changes, the city has publicized moving times for the library, police department and city hall. Marci Shatzman,, "New Boynton Beach firehouse planned in downtown revamp," 28 June 2018 On Sunday, June 24, the Zoo publicized her possible pregnancy and closed the Panda House to visitors in anticipation of a potential birth. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "A Primer on the Zoo’s Possibly Pregnant Giant Panda," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of publicize

1832, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of publicize

: to cause (something) to be publicly known : to give information about (something) to the public


pub·li·cize | \ˈpə-blə-ˌsīz \
publicized; publicizing

Kids Definition of publicize

: to give publicity to

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