Definition of advertise in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈadvətʌɪz/


[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
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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.
1.1Publicize information about (a vacancy): 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, give publicity to, bill, post, announce, broadcast, proclaim, trumpet, shout from the rooftops, give notice of, call attention to, promulgate;
promote, market, merchandise, peddle, display, tout, build up, beat/bang the drum for, trail, trailer
informal push, plug, hype, hype up, give a plug to, puff, give a puff to, boost, flog
North American informal ballyhoo, flack, huckster, blurb
Australian/New Zealand informal spruik
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.


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

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