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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.
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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

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Related Words for publicize

boost, promulgate, broadcast, tout, announce, advertise, trumpet, plug, advance, cry, immortalize, drum, headline, splash, bill, spot, extol, push, spread, pitch

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Historical Examples of publicize

  • 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



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


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

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