Definition of advertisement in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈadvərˌtīzmənt/


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
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  • 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;
poster, leaflet, pamphlet, flyer, bill, handbill, handout, fact sheet, circular, bulletin, brochure, sign, placard, junk mail
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).

  • Latin advertere ‘turn towards’ is the base of advertise (Late Middle English) and advertisement. Advertisement was originally ‘a statement calling attention to something’; it started to be abbreviated to advert in the mid 19th century. If you do something inadvertently (mid 17th century) then you have not turned your mind towards it. verse is related.

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Syllabification: ad·ver·tise·ment

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