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[puhb-luh-sahyz] /ˈpʌb ləˌsaɪz/
verb (used with object), publicized, publicizing.
to give publicity to; bring to public notice; advertise:
They publicized the meeting as best they could.
Also, especially British, publicise.
Origin of publicize
First recorded in 1925-30; public + -ize
Related forms
mispublicized, adjective
overpublicize, verb (used with object), overpublicized, overpublicizing.
unpublicized, adjective
promote, sell, acclaim, announce. Unabridged
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  • Make copies of the school policy available to all parents, teachers, and students, and take other steps to publicize the policy.

    What Works: Schools Without Drugs United States Department of Education
  • To this end the temporary Chairman proceeded to publicize it in the most thorough fashion.

  • "Maybe that's why we take such care not to publicize our recent advances in mental therapy," he said.

    This Crowded Earth Robert Bloch
  • Naturally even if they wanted to publicize the motorcade route they wouldn't be able to do so in this instance.

    Warren Commission (4 of 26): Hearings Vol. IV (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
British Dictionary definitions for publicize


(transitive) to bring to public notice; advertise
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for publicize

1902; see public (adj.) + -ize. Related: Publicized; publicizing.

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