want ad


Definition of want ad

: a newspaper advertisement stating that something (such as an employee, employment, or a specified item) is wanted

Examples of want ad in a Sentence

She checked the want ads to find a new job.

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Some companies, like HydroChemPSC (No. 20, formed in 1968) and HISCO (No. 31, formed in 1970), would often appear in the newspaper through want ads. J.r. Gonzales, Houston Chronicle, "Houston's largest private companies have deep roots in city," 19 June 2019 Why can't Facebook charge users who want ad-free experiences the way Hulu and YouTube do? Ryan Nakashima, chicagotribune.com, "5 questions for Mark Zuckerberg as he heads to Congress," 9 Apr. 2018 Sources include Chinese art, Vuillard, want ads, the Bayeux tapestries, folk art and kitsch. New York Times, "Art and Museums in NYC This Week," 14 Dec. 2017 This time around, King wants ads to be more of a service, offering gamers rewards in exchange for watching or sharing an ad. Lara O’reilly, WSJ, "CMO Today: Google’s ‘First Click Free’ Changes; NBCU’s Data Play; King Tests Mobile Gaming Ads Again," 21 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of want ad

1895, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of want ad

US : a notice in a newspaper, magazine, etc., that lets people know about something that you want to buy or sell, a job that is available, etc.

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