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[ad-vurt] /ædˈvɜrt/
verb (used without object)
to remark or comment; refer (usually followed by to):
He adverted briefly to the news of the day.
to turn the attention (usually followed by to):
The committee adverted to the business at hand.
Origin of advert1
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English a(d)verten < Old French a(d)vertirLatin advertere to pay attention, equivalent to ad- ad- + vertere to turn; ad- replacing a- a-5
1. allude.


[ad-vert] /ˈæd vərt/
noun, Chiefly British Informal.
by shortening Unabridged
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  • advertisers can keep a tab of how many times each advert is seen.
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  • Now, the temperature is grossly non-uniform, hardly an advert for rising entropy.
  • It is not going to stop a consumer from eating it nor from a consumer from looking at an advert.
British Dictionary definitions for advert


(Brit, informal) short for advertisement


(intransitive) foll by to. to draw attention (to); refer (to)
Word Origin
C15: from Latin advertere to turn one's attention to. See adverse
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Word Origin and History for advert

mid-15c., averten "to turn (something) aside," from Middle French avertir (12c.), from Late Latin advertere (see advertise). The -d- added 16c. on the Latin model. Related: Adverted; adverting.


colloquial shortening of advertisement, attested by 1860.

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