1 [ad-vurt]
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.

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. Unabridged
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advert1 (ədˈvɜːt)
vb (foll by to)
to draw attention (to); refer (to)
[C15: from Latin advertere to turn one's attention to. See adverse]

advert2 (ˈædvɜːt)
informal (Brit) short for advertisement

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Example sentences
We already have adverted to the need for good quality raw materials and finished products.
Fortunately, outbreak of disease has been adverted and the situation has stabilized.
These principles have already been adverted to and illustrated in previous volumes of this series.
Issues adverted to in a perfunctory manner, unaccompanied by some effort at developed argumentation, are deemed waived.
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