Definition of advertise in English:

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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
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 toward' (see advert2).

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