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.
paid announcements; advertisements.
the profession of planning, designing, and writing advertisements.
Also, advertizing.

1520–30; advertise + -ing1

counteradvertising, noun
proadvertising, adjective
proadvertizing, adjective
self-advertising, adjective, noun Unabridged


[ad-ver-tahyz, ad-ver-tahyz]
verb (used with object), advertised, advertising.
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.
to give information to the public about; announce publicly in a newspaper, on radio or television, etc.: to advertise a reward.
to call attention to, in a boastful or ostentatious manner: Stop advertising yourself!
Obsolete. to give notice, advice, or information to; inform: I advertised him of my intention.
Obsolete. to admonish; warn.
verb (used without object), advertised, advertising.
to ask for something by placing a notice in a newspaper, over radio or television, etc.: to advertise for a house to rent.
to offer goods for sale or rent, solicit funds, etc., by means of advertisements: It pays to advertise.
Poker. to bluff so as to make the bluff obvious.
Rummy. to discard a card in order to induce an opponent to discard one of the same suit or denomination.
Also, advertize.

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

advertisable [ad-ver-tahy-zuh-buhl, ad-ver-tahy-] , adjective
advertiser, noun
overadvertise, verb, overadvertised, overadvertising.
preadvertise, verb, preadvertised, preadvertising.
preadvertiser, noun
readvertise, verb, readvertised, readvertising.
unadvertised, adjective
well-advertised, adjective Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
advertise or advertize (ˈædvəˌtaɪz)
vb (foll by for)
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, etc: to advertise a job
3.  to make a public request (for), esp in a newspaper, etc: she advertised for a cook
4.  obsolete to warn; caution
[C15: from a lengthened stem of Old French avertir, ultimately from Latin advertere to turn one's attention to. See adverse]
advertize or advertize
[C15: from a lengthened stem of Old French avertir, ultimately from Latin advertere to turn one's attention to. See adverse]
'advertiser or advertize
'advertizer or advertize

advertising or sometimes (US) advertizing (ˈædvəˌtaɪzɪŋ)
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
advertizing or sometimes (US) advertizing

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Word Origin & History

early 15c., "to take notice of," from M.Fr. advertiss-, prp. stem of a(d)vertir "to warn," from L. advertere "turn toward," from ad- "toward" + vertere "to turn" see versus). Sense shifted to "to give notice to others, warn" (late 15c.) by influence of
advertisement. Original meaning remains in advert "to give attention to."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Example sentences
The consumer basically follows the buck, and the advertising.
The deadlines listed below apply only to corporate and image advertising.
Big advertising agencies want to sell firms their expertise in marketing.
It is unethical for a publication to put forward an obviously nonscientific
  article as actual content, rather than advertising.
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