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or ad·ver·tize

[ ad-ver-tahyz, ad-ver-tahyz ]

See synonyms for: advertiseadvertisedadvertisesadvertising on Thesaurus.com

verb (used with object),ad·ver·tised, ad·ver·tis·ing.

  1. to announce or praise (a product, service, etc.) in some public medium of communication in order to induce people to buy or use it: to advertise a new brand of toothpaste.

  2. to give information to the public about; announce publicly in a newspaper, on radio or television, etc.: to advertise a reward.

  1. to call attention to, in a boastful or ostentatious manner: Stop advertising yourself!

  2. Obsolete. to give notice, advice, or information to; inform: I advertised him of my intention.

  3. Obsolete. to admonish; warn.

verb (used without object),ad·ver·tised, ad·ver·tis·ing.

  1. to ask for something by placing a notice in a newspaper, over radio or television, etc.: to advertise for a house to rent.

  2. to offer goods for sale or rent, solicit funds, etc., by means of advertisements: It pays to advertise.

  1. Cards.

Origin of advertise


1400–50; late Middle English advertisen<Middle French avertiss-, long stem of avertir<Vulgar Latin *advertire,Latin advertere to advert1; the expected Middle English *advertishen probably conformed to advertisement or the suffix -ize

Other words from advertise

  • ad·ver·tis·a·ble [ad-ver-tahy-zuh-buhl, ad-ver-tahy-], /ˈæd vərˌtaɪ zə bəl, ˌæd vərˈtaɪ-/, adjective
  • ad·ver·tis·er, noun
  • o·ver·ad·ver·tise, verb, o·ver·ad·ver·tised, o·ver·ad·ver·tis·ing.
  • pre·ad·ver·tise, verb, pre·ad·ver·tised, pre·ad·ver·tis·ing.
  • pre·ad·ver·tis·er, noun
  • re·ad·ver·tise, verb, re·ad·ver·tised, re·ad·ver·tis·ing.
  • un·ad·ver·tised, adjective
  • well-ad·ver·tised, adjective

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  • advert
  • advertence
  • advertency
  • advertent
  • advertise
  • advertisement
  • advertising
  • advertising agency
  • Advertising Standards Authority
  • advertize

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How to use advertise in a sentence

  • Additionally, this could have serious implications on which products brands can run as deals, given Amazon’s traditional requirements that the advertised deal price must be the lowest price in a certain number of trailing days.

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  • That means much of the brain trust for the American textile industry—the Manufacturing Solutions Center’s website advertises “300 years of textile experience”—got its training in private-sector jobs that no longer exist in the United States.

    Unmade in America | Tate Ryan-Mosley | August 14, 2020 | MIT Technology Review

  • Together, the team will help you learn all the new ways you can advertise with Google.

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  • If you’re just starting to advertise in a region that’s not familiar with your brand, you can often expect higher CPAs.

    5 tips for starting international PPC | Tim Jensen | July 31, 2020 | Search Engine Land

  • Some blogs advertise a specific price for getting a backlink on their website.

    Nine mistakes to avoid when contacting websites for backlinks | Raj Dosanjh | July 29, 2020 | Search Engine Watch

  • To paraphrase Peter Tosh, if Illinois were to legalize it, would you advertise it?

    The Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah Sounds Off on Weed, the Weather, and Winning | Bill Schulz | October 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST

  • It was an excellent, pointed answer that even managed to advertise her movie.

    Why Does Everyone Hate Lea Michele? | Tim Teeman | October 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST

  • This is something Uber does to advertise itself to people who might sign up to provide rides for the firm.

    Uber’s Battle Against Its Drivers Continues | Olivia Nuzzi | July 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST

  • Their trailers advertise the cruelties coming to a village near you.

    You, Too, Could Be a Homicidal Zealot | Joel Gold | July 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST

  • In the end, there may not have been enough money to sufficiently advertise for the film in support of its release.

    What the Hell Happened to Halle Berry’s ‘Frankie & Alice’? | Dan Heching | April 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST

  • He seems to think you ought to advertise your steam-engines for thrashing; indeed, I think so too.

    Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2) | Francis Trevithick

  • She was furthermore attired in an old Paisley shawl belonging to her grandmother—what better way to advertise a grandmother?

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton

  • With a few posters and similar devices to advertise it, it would presently continue to advertise itself.

    Mushroom Town | Oliver Onions

  • But old tales, like old wine, need nothing but themselves to advertise them.

    Legend Land, Volume 2 | Various

  • They began to advertise her sketches as «different» and to build up a vogue.

    Jane Journeys On | Ruth Comfort Mitchell

British Dictionary definitions for advertise


sometimes US advertize

/ (ˈædvəˌtaɪz) /


  1. to present or praise (goods, a service, etc) to the public, esp in order to encourage sales

  2. to make (something, such as a vacancy, article for sale, etc) publicly known, as to possible applicants, buyers, etc: to advertise a job

  1. (intr foll by for) to make a public request (for), esp in a newspaper, etc: she advertised for a cook

  2. obsolete to warn; caution

Origin of advertise


C15: from a lengthened stem of Old French avertir, ultimately from Latin advertere to turn one’s attention to. See adverse

Derived forms of advertise

  • advertiser or sometimes US advertizer, noun

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ADVERTISE | English meaning — Cambridge Dictionary

This argument might lead to the conclusion that groups should advertise continuously.

From the Cambridge English Corpus