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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After the Poway shooting in April, 8chan’s Twitter account blamed the news media for publicizing the crime and said the shooter’s post was taken down nine minutes after creation. Drew Harwell, Washington Post, "Three mass shootings this year began with a hateful screed on 8chan. Its founder calls it a terrorist refuge in plain sight.," 4 Aug. 2019 Sliming the uncharged president by publicizing the evidence is exactly what Mueller’s team did. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "How Mueller’s Lawyers Spun the OLC Guidance on Indicting a Sitting President," 28 July 2019 The bureau found no other evidence that the shakes contained any concrete material, receiving scorn for publicizing such information., "Police lieutenant ‘firmly believed’ milkshakes thrown during June protest ‘contained some form of concrete’," 22 July 2019 Despite the unnerving details revealed this week, some people with experience dealing with MS-13 questioned the motives behind publicizing such gruesome information. Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times, "MS-13 gang’s bloody reign of terror in San Fernando Valley leaves residents horrified," 18 July 2019 But Trump has had few qualms about publicizing similar ICE raids over the last month. Brian Bennett, Time, "Trump Called Publicizing ICE Raids a 'Disgrace.' Then He Started Publicizing Raids," 12 July 2019 On Wednesday, Flood also issued a protective order that bars Kelly’s attorneys from publicizing the DVD. Madeline Buckley,, "Judge hopes R. Kelly to go on trial on first of four sex charges early next year," 26 June 2019 The platform has the familiar social-media effect of publicizing private struggles. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "The Perverse Logic of GoFundMe Health Care," 24 June 2019 In each instance, users often respond by pointing fingers, blaming writers or influencers for publicizing their presumed-to-be-secret communities. Jacob Feldman,, "Reddit's NBA Streams Subreddit Is Dead, But The Rights Enforcement War Continues," 19 June 2019

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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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