verb (used with object), pub·li·cized, pub·li·ciz·ing.
  1. to give publicity to; bring to public notice; advertise: They publicized the meeting as best they could.
Also especially British, pub·li·cise.

Origin of publicize

First recorded in 1925–30; public + -ize
Related formsmis·pub·li·cized, adjectiveo·ver·pub·li·cize, verb (used with object), o·ver·pub·li·cized, o·ver·pub·li·ciz·ing.un·pub·li·cized, adjective

Synonyms for publicize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for publicised



  1. (tr) to bring to public notice; advertise
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Word Origin and History for publicised



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

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