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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The Pratville police and fire departments responded to a home on the 200 block of Gardenia Court erupted in flames around 3:10 a.m. Monday, according to CrimeStoppers, which publicized that a suspect needs to be identified. Howard Koplowitz |, al, "Suspects wanted in Prattville arson investigation," 17 Sep. 2019 Moody posted details on her web site on how consumers could seek refunds and at least twice publicized the refund program. Steve Bousquet,, "Tourists got ripped off in Florida. The state offered refunds, but who knew? | Steve Bousquet," 13 Sep. 2019 Less publicized are the essential roles hotels play in aiding and supporting the efforts of first responders and residents. Rick Lagiewski, The Conversation, "Hotels play vital role in relief efforts when disaster strikes," 12 Sep. 2019 The county also is publicizing the group’s Be Smart for Kids campaign, which emphasizes securing guns at home. Scott Huddleston,, "Frustrated by state and federal lawmakers’ lack of concrete action on gun violence, county officials take the lead," 10 Sep. 2019 But it was also given the job of publicizing the financial and economic incentives in doing so, namely that there are trillions of dollars to be saved. Eric Roston, Fortune, "The Massive Cost of Not Adapting to Climate Change," 10 Sep. 2019 Wang had publicized some of these claims on social media and was then sued by Xu in a court in China, a case that is ongoing, according to the complaint. Rachel Otwell, ProPublica, "Assaults, Bullying, Rape: A Lawsuit Against One Professor Claims a University Didn’t Stop Him," 10 Sep. 2019 When the operatives find something on a journalist and choose to deploy the material, the comments are publicized and used to characterize the organization the journalist works at as a whole. Oliver Darcy, CNN, "Pro-Trump operatives are waging war against the press by searching for problematic social media posts," 26 Aug. 2019 Definitions of mass shootings vary, but in a worse-than-average year, some 50 people in the U.S. die in one, according to a study recently publicized by Joe Biden. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Media Should Stop Encouraging Mass-Shooting Phobias," 22 Aug. 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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