Definition of advertise in English:


Syllabification: ad·ver·tise
Pronunciation: /ˈadvərˌtīz


[with object]
  • 1Describe or draw attention to (a product, service, or event) in a public medium in order to promote sales or attendance: a billboard advertising beer many rugs are advertised as machine washable [no object]: we had a chance to advertise on television
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    • The event was advertised as family friendly with many workshops for both beginner and advanced practitioner.
    • Although the service was advertised as being ‘free’ it was being charged at 38p per minute.
    • You are required to advertise your product or service and the terms of the sale honestly and accurately.
  • 1.1Seek to fill (a vacancy) by putting a notice in a newspaper or other medium: for every job we advertise we get a hundred applicants [no object]: he advertised for dancers in the trade papers
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    • Mrs Darlington got the job after the town council advertised the vacancy last summer.
    • Frank, 41, applied for the post when the parish council advertised two vacancies.
    • So much so that the English Golf Union has got a page on its website which advertises such vacancies.
    publicize, make public, make known, announce, broadcast, proclaim, trumpet, call attention to, bill, promulgate; promote, market, beat/bang the drum for, huckster
    informal push, plug, hype, boost
    ballyhoo, flack
  • 1.2Make (a quality or fact) known: Meryl coughed briefly to advertise her presence
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    • We have installed additional signs on the road and done everything possible to advertise the fact that the speed limit has been reduced.
    • You are passionate and adventurous, however, you do not go around advertising these qualities.
    • No one bothered advertising the fact that, in order to live, I need to keep breathing.
  • 1.3 archaic Notify (someone) of something: some prisoners advertised the French of this terrible danger
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    • He was advertised the French army in Italy had had an overthrow.
    • The captains of the guards advertised the Emperor of it, who sent out scouts.



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  • We've had requests from advertisers, but we don't want to make any money.
  • These inflated circulation figures are used to deceive and mislead advertisers.
  • Therefore it is important that advertisers are sensitive to the culture and moral attitudes of the community.


late Middle English: from Old French advertiss-, lengthened stem of advertir, from Latin advertere 'turn toward' (see advert2).

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