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advert1

[ad-vurt]
verb (used without object)
  1. to remark or comment; refer (usually followed by to): He adverted briefly to the news of the day.
  2. to turn the attention (usually followed by to): The committee adverted to the business at hand.
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Origin of advert1

1375–1425; late Middle English a(d)verten < Old French a(d)vertirLatin advertere to pay attention, equivalent to ad- ad- + vertere to turn; ad- replacing a- a-5

Synonyms

1. allude.
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British Dictionary definitions for adverted

advert1

noun
  1. British informal short for advertisement
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advert2

verb
  1. (intr foll by to) to draw attention (to); refer (to)
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Word Origin

C15: from Latin advertere to turn one's attention to. See adverse
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Word Origin and History for adverted

advert

v.

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.

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advert

n.

colloquial shortening of advertisement, attested by 1860.

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