- 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 advertised
To attract like-minded women, Bob advertised himself on lifestyle websites like alt.com.A Murder in Detroit’s Sexual Underworld
October 8, 2014
And in World War I, hares were advertised as a “good martial diet.”Whole Foods Wants to Feed You Cute, Furry Bunnies
August 19, 2014
In a similar vein, kava kava, advertised as a natural anti-anxiety supplement, was taken off the market for causing liver failure.Why Smart People Are Dumb Patients
July 14, 2014
As advertised, Holler is not autobiographical in the same way that the works of Rodgers and Hammerstein are not autobiographical.Broadway Was Made for Tupac
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Marcyliena Morgan
July 7, 2014
While Richardson contends the shoot was advertised as a “semi-nude casting,” Ziff disagrees.Speed Read: Terry Richardson on Sex, Lies, and Lindsay Lohan
June 16, 2014
Lots of good books don't sell even when they are advertised.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
This so offended a few hotels that they have never since advertised in "The Independent."Commercialism and Journalism
Not out, though it has been advertised some time; but what do you expect?Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
I advertised myself, and made the ruck get out of my way, as I told you before.People of Position
Stanley Portal Hyatt
And she advertised in the weekly paper, and I don't know what all.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
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 advertised
late 15c., "informed;" 1780s, "publicly announced," past participle adjective from 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.