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

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Lacking modern methods for determining who was subject to the income tax, publicizing such information was considered a useful... Jay Starkman, WSJ, "Why Should Congress See Trump’s Tax Returns?," 21 Apr. 2019 This marks a distinct difference from the births of Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal babies (Prince George in 2012, Princess Charlotte in 2015, and Prince Louis in 2018), which were highly publicized and closely surveilled by the public. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Announce That Their Baby's Birth Will Be Private," 11 Apr. 2019 When popular DJs and other musical acts perform at Burning Man, they are asked to not publicize their sets, nor is there any hierarchy among theme camps, which can number a few dozen to hundreds of people, to determine a run-of-show. Bridget Read, Vogue, "At Burning Man, #MeToo Is More Complicated Than You Think," 28 Aug. 2018 To help publicize the sustainability of consigning clothing and participating in a circular economy, TheRealReal quietly rolled out its first consumer-facing Sustainability Calculator this week. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "How Sustainable Is Consigning Clothing? TheRealReal Is Glad You Asked," 5 Apr. 2019 In April, the Cambridge Analytica data-mining crisis saw Mark Zuckerberg grilled by the United States Senate over a tense and highly publicized two days in Washington DC. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Facebook Takes a Break from Privacy Scandals to Release a Smart Camera That Films You in Your Home," 8 Oct. 2018 Although the Air Force has not publicized exact flight routes of training flights, open source intelligence analysts have figured out some details. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Bombers Are Flying Over Europe, Baiting the Russian Bear," 21 Mar. 2019 Although the actor doesn't publicize his relationship with the royals much, he's known Harry for quite some time. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry and Tom Hardy Teamed Up to Tackle Youth Violence," 12 Dec. 2018 The videos were part of the #DGLovesChina social media campaign, which was supposed to publicize the brand’s Shanghai show. Mekita Rivas, Teen Vogue, "Melania Trump Wore Dolce & Gabbana After Their 'Racist' Chinese Ad Controversy," 27 Nov. 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 How to pronounce publicize (audio) \
publicized; publicizing

Kids Definition of publicize

: to give publicity to

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