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 Llewelyn took reporters and photographers into the basement to view the vaults during a press conference in December 1985, which helped publicize the upcoming show. Kori Rumore,, 20 Apr. 2021 The list's purpose is to publicize dangerous fugitives. Anne Ryman,, 8 Apr. 2021 Customers will use Popl to grow their social media following, publicize new events, solicit reviews, and this will be powered by the business that is branded on the Popl. Frederick Daso, Forbes, 6 Apr. 2021 And some states do require universities to track and publicize hazing cases as is the case in Pennsylvania and South Carolina. Chris Quintana, USA Today, 27 Mar. 2021 Shellow helped Moore obtain and publicize the in-car video of her son’s death, which galvanized protests against police misconduct in Milwaukee. Gina Barton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 Feb. 2021 The four-decade-old act doesn’t just require all public bodies to meet in public, but also publicize their meetings, make agendas public and allow for public comment. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, 25 May 2021 The majority of ransomware victims never publicize their attacks. Andy Greenberg, Wired, 8 May 2021 Many hotels didn’t publicize that their properties served people in quarantine. Esther Fung, WSJ, 20 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of publicize

1832, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of publicize was in 1832

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8 Jun 2021

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“Publicize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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