pub·​li·​cize | \ ˈpə-blə-ˌsīz How to pronounce publicize (audio) \
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
Recent Examples on the Web The announcement drew criticism from voting-rights advocates, who said publicizing the rare issue undermined public confidence in voting and intimidated new American citizens from legally casting their votes. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "18 people illegally voted both in Ohio and other states in 2018 election: secretary of state," 11 Dec. 2019 Late that year, the new board hired Emilio Castro as superintendent, but a board member in 2017 publicized anonymous emails about complaints that Castro violated the personal space of women employees with unwanted touching. Krista Torralva,, "More than a year into job, Edgewood ISD superintendent puts priority on access," 29 Nov. 2019 His trial was widely publicized and the gruesome details became considered common knowledge. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "The Preppy Murder: The True Story Behind AMC’s 'Death in Central Park' Series," 14 Nov. 2019 Cleveland Clinic The Health Essentials blog helps publicize the Cleveland Clinic name and broadens its reach. Mary Kilpatrick,, "What is content marketing? Here are five great examples," 27 Aug. 2019 The most publicized was at the 2014 World Cup, during a game against Italy. Michelle Kaufman, miamiherald, "Barcelona’s Luis Suarez could be headed to David Beckham’s Inter Miami. Here is why," 4 June 2019 Still, Johnson said there was an understanding that the incident involving Caleb would not be publicized by either party and Roncalli officials did not adhere to that. Alexandria Burris, Indianapolis Star, "Roncalli teen says school email about cafeteria incident led to bullying, online harassment," 22 Dec. 2019 Images of the Ford had been captured on a home security camera and publicized by Fort Worth police. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, "Body cam footage shows dramatic rescue of kidnapped girl in Texas," 19 Nov. 2019 The flaw was first publicized by the BBC's technology reporter, Chris Fox, who was able to get face unlock to work on several people with their eyes closed. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "The Pixel 4’s face unlock works on sleeping, unconscious people," 18 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of publicize

1832, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jan 2020

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“Publicize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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 How to pronounce publicize (audio) \
publicized; publicizing

Kids Definition of publicize

: to give publicity to

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