or ad·ver·tize

[ ad-ver-tahyz, ad-ver-tahyz ]
See synonyms for: advertiseadvertisedadvertisesadvertising on

verb (used with object),ad·ver·tised, ad·ver·tis·ing.
  1. 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.

  2. to give information to the public about; announce publicly in a newspaper, on radio or television, etc.: to advertise a reward.

  1. to call attention to, in a boastful or ostentatious manner: Stop advertising yourself!

  2. Obsolete. to give notice, advice, or information to; inform: I advertised him of my intention.

  3. Obsolete. to admonish; warn.

verb (used without object),ad·ver·tised, ad·ver·tis·ing.
  1. to ask for something by placing a notice in a newspaper, over radio or television, etc.: to advertise for a house to rent.

  2. to offer goods for sale or rent, solicit funds, etc., by means of advertisements: It pays to advertise.

  1. Cards.

    • 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

1400–50; late Middle English advertisen<Middle French avertiss-, long stem of avertir<Vulgar Latin *advertire,Latin advertere to advert1; the expected Middle English *advertishen probably conformed to advertisement or the suffix -ize

Other words from advertise

  • ad·ver·tis·a·ble [ad-ver-tahy-zuh-buhl, ad-ver-tahy-], /ˈæd vərˌtaɪ zə bəl, ˌæd vərˈtaɪ-/, adjective
  • ad·ver·tis·er, noun
  • o·ver·ad·ver·tise, verb, o·ver·ad·ver·tised, o·ver·ad·ver·tis·ing.
  • pre·ad·ver·tise, verb, pre·ad·ver·tised, pre·ad·ver·tis·ing.
  • pre·ad·ver·tis·er, noun
  • re·ad·ver·tise, verb, re·ad·ver·tised, re·ad·ver·tis·ing.
  • un·ad·ver·tised, adjective
  • well-ad·ver·tised, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use advertise in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for advertise


sometimes US advertize

/ (ˈædvəˌtaɪz) /

  1. to present or praise (goods, a service, etc) to the public, esp in order to encourage sales

  2. to make (something, such as a vacancy, article for sale, etc) publicly known, as to possible applicants, buyers, etc: to advertise a job

  1. (intr foll by for) to make a public request (for), esp in a newspaper, etc: she advertised for a cook

  2. obsolete to warn; caution

Origin of advertise

C15: from a lengthened stem of Old French avertir, ultimately from Latin advertere to turn one's attention to. See adverse

Derived forms of advertise

  • advertiser or sometimes US advertizer, noun

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