want ad

noun

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

  1. She checked the want ads to find a new job.

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First Known Use of want ad

1895

in the meaning defined above

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WANT AD Defined for English Language Learners

want ad

Definition of want ad for English Language Learners

  • : 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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