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.
Recent Examples on the Web Before the pandemic, the department usually released a list of the five occupations with the most online wanted ads showing up on the state’s free online jobs database, as well as corporate and traditional job boards. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Here are the jobs hiring now in Alabama," 30 May 2020 That’s going to take more than a couple help wanted ads. Lauren Zumbach, chicagotribune.com, "Help wanted: Airlines say they’ll need to hire thousands of pilots over the next decade," 18 Oct. 2019 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

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First Known Use of want ad

1895, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of want ad was in 1895

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“Want ad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/want%20ad. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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