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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The file photo of the dedication may have been provided to the San Antonio Express to publicize one of those memorials. Paula Allen, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio pioneer descendant organized lineage clubs," 5 May 2018 For Kate Temkin and the hackers at Team ReSwitched, though, discovering and publicizing the exploit was full of technical and ethical difficulties. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Behind the scenes with the hackers who unlocked the Nintendo Switch," 25 Apr. 2018 Authorities decided to publicize the case again in 2016 in advance of the 40th anniversary of his first known assault in Sacramento County. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Golden State Killer case: Ex-cop Joseph James DeAngelo arrested," 25 Apr. 2018 The actor also helped publicize a similar public-outreach effort for NASA's Mars InSight mission, which will launch toward the Red Planet this May. Shatner's name is among 2.4 million that will travel on a chip aboard InSight. Mike Wall,, "William Shatner Wants You to Send Your Name to the Sun on NASA's Historic Solar Probe," 6 Mar. 2018 The Rays wanted first place in order to better publicize their sponsor, VideoMedicine—a telemedicine app that will be available on iOS and Android around the same time the iPhone 6 launches. Lauren Walker, Newsweek, "Meet the Sponsors Behind the People Already in Line for iPhone 6," 5 Sep. 2014 David and Lauren Hogg On How Their Generation Is Fighting Gun Policy | Teen Vogue Take Though the victim’s name has not been publicized, local NBC affiliate KARK reported that word has spread throughout the small suburb of Little Rock. Sarah Mearhoff, Teen Vogue, "2 Arkansas Teens Have Died Playing Russian Roulette in the Last 9 Months," 30 July 2018 As plastic pollution has become better publicized in recent years, a number of major retailers and firms have agreed to phase out the use of plastic bags and straws. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "President Trump Sidestepped This Problem Entirely at the G7 Summit: Plastic Pollution," 11 June 2018 His achievements were regularly publicized by the university, especially in 2016 when Hemming performed the region’s first heart and liver transplant. Gary Robbins,, "Star surgeon replaced as head of transplantation team at UC San Diego," 5 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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