- to remark or comment; refer (usually followed by to): He adverted briefly to the news of the day.
- to turn the attention (usually followed by to): The committee adverted to the business at hand.
Origin of advert1
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Examples from the Web for adverting
It was selfish; but I could not let you go without once adverting to the subject—'Heartsease
Charlotte M. Yonge
I replied something, I scarce know what, adverting to his stronger mind.Memoirs of Emma Courtney
The two oldest were the sons to whose deaths we are now adverting.
Then, adverting to topics more cheerful, he interrogated Miss Stackpole as to her own future.The Portrait of a Lady
The Reporter of characters takes a full share of gratification in adverting to these, when a certificate of the conduct is given.Recollections of Windsor Prison;
- British informal short for advertisement
- (intr foll by to) to draw attention (to); refer (to)
Word Origin and History for adverting
mid-15c., averten "to turn (something) aside," from Middle French avertir (12c.), from Late Latin advertere (see advertise). The -d- added 16c. on the Latin model. Related: Adverted; adverting.
colloquial shortening of advertisement, attested by 1860.