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 The prices are lower than those rumors suggested, though: €9.99 ($10.58) a month for a web-only experience, and €12.99 for those who want ads removed from Meta’s iOS and Android apps. David Meyer, Fortune, 30 Oct. 2023 Microsoft should respect the fact that people already pay for Windows and don’t want ads shoved down their throats. Tom Warren, The Verge, 30 Aug. 2023 The metal legends formed in 1981 after Mars placed a want ad in the Recycler that Sixx and Lee answered. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 11 Apr. 2023 In 1942, her mother spotted a want ad that said the publisher Fiction House was looking for cartoonists and encouraged her to apply. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, 14 Sep. 2022 He was born Joseph Aloysius Ratzinger on April 16, 1927, in the Bavarian village of Marktl am Inn, the third child of a police officer and a cook who had met through a want ad in the local newspaper. Henry Chudeputy News Editor, Los Angeles Times, 31 Dec. 2022 Like so many 21st-century humans looking for love, a female black widow in the mood puts a want ad on the web. Lesley Evans Ogden, Discover Magazine, 19 Aug. 2019 Consumers don't want ad experiences that come off invasive, phony, or salesy. Gary Drenik, Forbes, 7 July 2022 By then, Weis went looking for supplemental income and responded to a want ad for a telephone sales rep at a Mill Valley software firm. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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 6 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

want ad

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