- 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.
- to give information to the public about; announce publicly in a newspaper, on radio or television, etc.: to advertise a reward.
- to call attention to, in a boastful or ostentatious manner: Stop advertising yourself!
- Obsolete. to give notice, advice, or information to; inform: I advertised him of my intention.
- Obsolete. to admonish; warn.
- to ask for something by placing a notice in a newspaper, over radio or television, etc.: to advertise for a house to rent.
- to offer goods for sale or rent, solicit funds, etc., by means of advertisements: It pays to advertise.
- Poker.to bluff so as to make the bluff obvious.
- Rummy.to discard a card in order to induce an opponent to discard one of the same suit or denomination.
Origin of advertise
Examples from the Web for advertise
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
October 19, 2014
It was an excellent, pointed answer that even managed to advertise her movie.Why Does Everyone Hate Lea Michele?
October 9, 2014
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
July 8, 2014
Failure to secure their quick release can erode voter confidence and advertise the impotence of government.Al Qaeda Growing Rich Off Ransom Payments
December 22, 2013
Eric Idle said, “It means we can advertise it as 300 quid cheaper than the Stones.”Monty Python—Not Dead Yet
November 21, 2013
It was a different thing to advertise one's mediocrity to the world.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
There's some exports it doesn't pay to advertise, I guess, and she and her sister are that kind.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
They may advertise from now till doomsday, but they will never get a response from him!Victor's Triumph
Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
It is not my form to make complaints and advertise my misfortunes.The Market-Place
It said nothing whatever of trying to advertise him as a prisoner.The Prisoner
sometimes US advertize
- to present or praise (goods, a service, etc) to the public, esp in order to encourage sales
- to make (something, such as a vacancy, article for sale, etc) publicly known, as to possible applicants, buyers, etcto advertise a job
- (intr foll by for) to make a public request (for), esp in a newspaper, etcshe advertised for a cook
- obsolete to warn; caution
Word Origin and History for advertise
early 15c., "to take notice of," from Middle French advertiss-, present participle stem of a(d)vertir "to warn" (12c.), from Latin advertere "turn toward," from ad- "toward" (see ad-) + vertere "to turn" (see versus).
Sense shifted to "to give notice to others, warn" (late 15c.) by influence of advertisement; specific meaning "to call attention to goods for sale, rewards, etc." had emerged by late 18c. Original meaning remains in the verb advert "to give attention to." Related: Advertised; advertising.