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or advertizement

[ad-ver-tahyz-muh nt, ad-vur-tis-muh nt, -tiz-] /ˌæd vərˈtaɪz mənt, ædˈvɜr tɪs mənt, -tɪz-/
a paid announcement, as of goods for sale, in newspapers or magazines, on radio or television, etc.
a public notice, especially in print.
the action of making generally known; a calling to the attention of the public:
The news of this event will receive wide advertisement.
Origin of advertisement
late Middle English
First recorded in 1425-75; late Middle English word from Middle French word avertissement. See advertise, -ment
Related forms
preadvertisement, noun
readvertisement, noun
self-advertisement, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I shall get the contract, and I shall hev gotten the advertizement!'

  • advertizement, miss, may be the soul of commerce, but Commission's its body.

  • She said it always looked like an advertizement of successful fox-hunting.

    Sinister Street, vol. 1 Compton Mackenzie
  • Jest you mark my words, miss, and don't you make no mistake about it—the world to-day is governed by advertizement.'

British Dictionary definitions for advertizement


/ədˈvɜːtɪsmənt; -tɪz-/
any public notice, as a printed display in a newspaper, short film on television, announcement on radio, etc, designed to sell goods, publicize an event, etc Shortened forms ad, advert
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Word Origin and History for advertizement



early 15c., "written statement calling attention to" something, "public notice" (of anything, but often of a sale); from Middle French avertissement, from stem of avertir (see advertise). Meaning "public notice" (usually paid), the main modern sense, emerged 1580s and was fully developed by 18c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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