or ad·ver·tiz·ing

  1. the act or practice of calling public attention to one's product, service, need, etc., especially by paid announcements in newspapers and magazines, over radio or television, on billboards, etc.: to get more customers by advertising.
  2. paid announcements; advertisements.
  3. the profession of planning, designing, and writing advertisements.

Origin of advertising

First recorded in 1520–30; advertise + -ing1
Related formscoun·ter·ad·ver·tis·ing, nounpro·ad·ver·tis·ing, adjectivepro·ad·ver·tiz·ing, adjectiveself-ad·ver·tis·ing, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-advertising

Historical Examples of self-advertising

  • You would sacrifice this girl to a brazen scheme of self-advertising?

  • One good thing, he can't call me self-advertising after this.

    Lady Lilith

    Stephen McKenna

  • He stood at some distance behind the pavement-merchants and self-advertising dragomans who pressed against the railing.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • And as for Denikin, he appeared to the other great delegate as a self-advertising braggart.

  • Then a committee of self-advertising clergymen and "Christian millionaires" was organized to launch a definite "movement."

    A Book of Prefaces

    H. L. Mencken

British Dictionary definitions for self-advertising


sometimes US advertizing

  1. the promotion of goods or services for sale through impersonal media, such as radio or television
  2. the business that specializes in creating such publicity
  3. advertisements collectively; publicity
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