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Syllabification: ad·ver·tise·ment
Pronunciation: /ˈadvərˌtīzmənt
, ədˈvərdizmənt/

Definition of advertisement in English:


1A notice or announcement in a public medium promoting a product, service, or event or publicizing a job vacancy: advertisements for alcoholic drinks we received only two replies to our advertisement
More example sentences
  • It has produced non-commercial public service advertisements, including ones for the 1999 election.
  • And nowhere is this science more exciting than in the advertisements for personal care products.
  • City pages of newspapers are filled with high visibility advertisements for new products.
ad, announcement, notice;
commercial, infomercial, promotion, endorsement, blurb, write-up;
informal plug
1.1 (advertisement for) informal A person or thing regarded as a means of recommending something: unhappy clients are not a good advertisement for the company
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  • All in all it makes a poor advertisement for the firm.
  • The film is no bad advertisement for the company, either.
  • The current edition is a dull, impersonal and ill - judged advertisement for what we trust is the excitement to come.
1.2 archaic A notice to readers in a book.
Example sentences
  • The other is an 18th century advertisement for a slave auction.


late Middle English (denoting a statement calling attention to something): from Old French advertissement, from the verb advertir (see advertise).

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