Definition of want ad in English:

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want ad


North American informal
A classified advertisement in a newspaper or magazine; a small ad.
Example sentences
  • One day, you see a want ad in your local newspaper: ‘Agency seeking young women to work as au pairs.’
  • While that might sound like no big deal, consider this: placing a want ad for a ‘recent graduate’ is considered an act of age discrimination.
  • Jacques decides to place a want ad for a housekeeper.

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