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

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 campaign is an effort to push employers to publicize their family leave benefits. Danielle Weisberg, Fortune, 23 Mar. 2022 Peck then recalled how Bell went online to publicize his issues with him. Dory Jackson,, 18 Mar. 2022 Pakistan held a briefing to publicize the incident a day later after failing to hear an explanation from India, the people said. Sudhi Ranjan Sen,, 15 Mar. 2022 Activists have petitioned the government in court to publicize the loan contracts but the government has refused to do so. Carlos Mureithi, Quartz, 3 Mar. 2022 Tokyu Railways has sought to publicize its effort with posters and YouTube clips. Yuri Kageyama, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 Apr. 2022 That is the bulk of what the U.N. does most days of the week, serving in other humanitarian emergencies, protecting human rights, trying to publicize the disastrous condition of the human environment and climate change. Thomas G. Weiss, The Conversation, 8 Apr. 2022 Yet Lyash is not required to publicize his personal financial disclosure as other federal employees are required to do. Dorothy Slater, The New Republic, 16 Mar. 2022 During the discovery phase, Racine sought to publicize an internal email, which Facebook urged a judge to keep under seal. Benjamin Wofford, Wired, 10 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of publicize

1832, in the meaning defined above

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15 May 2022

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“Publicize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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