advertise

or ad·ver·tize

[ad-ver-tahyz, ad-ver-tahyz]
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.
  3. to call attention to, in a boastful or ostentatious manner: Stop advertising yourself!
  4. Obsolete. to give notice, advice, or information to; inform: I advertised him of my intention.
  5. 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.
  3. Cards.
    1. Poker.to bluff so as to make the bluff obvious.
    2. 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
Related formsad·ver·tis·a·ble [ad-ver-tahy-zuh-buh l, ad-ver-tahy-] /ˈæd vərˌtaɪ zə bəl, ˌæd vərˈtaɪ-/, adjectivead·ver·tis·er, nouno·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, nounre·ad·ver·tise, verb, re·ad·ver·tised, re·ad·ver·tis·ing.un·ad·ver·tised, adjectivewell-ad·ver·tised, adjective
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well-advertised

adjective (well advertised when postpositive)
  1. advertised widely or interestingly in order to elicit interest

advertise

sometimes US advertize

verb
  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, etcto advertise a job
  3. (intr foll by for) to make a public request (for), esp in a newspaper, etcshe advertised for a cook
  4. obsolete to warn; caution
Derived Formsadvertiser or sometimes US advertizer, noun

Word Origin for advertise

C15: from a lengthened stem of Old French avertir, ultimately from Latin advertere to turn one's attention to. See adverse
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Word Origin and History for well-advertised

advertise

v.

early 15c., "to take notice of," from Middle French advertiss-, present participle stem of a(d)vertir "to warn" (12c.), from Latin advertere "turn toward," from ad- "toward" (see ad-) + vertere "to turn" (see versus).

Sense shifted to "to give notice to others, warn" (late 15c.) by influence of advertisement; specific meaning "to call attention to goods for sale, rewards, etc." had emerged by late 18c. Original meaning remains in the verb advert "to give attention to." Related: Advertised; advertising.

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