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[ad-ver-tahyz, ad-ver-tahyz] /ˈæd vərˌtaɪz, ˌæd vərˈtaɪz/
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.
  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
late Middle English
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 forms
[ad-ver-tahy-zuh-buh l, ad-ver-tahy-] /ˈæd vərˌtaɪ zə bəl, ˌæd vərˈtaɪ-/ (Show IPA),
advertiser, noun
overadvertise, verb, overadvertised, overadvertising.
preadvertise, verb, preadvertised, preadvertising.
preadvertiser, noun
readvertise, verb, readvertised, readvertising.
unadvertised, adjective
well-advertised, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • This line is advertised as the finest and best equipped road beneath the sun.

  • I advertised that I would give a reward to any one who should bring me information of my son.

    Left Behind James Otis
  • For another, there was no clear-cut distinction between the Capitalism that owned newspapers and the Capitalism that advertised.

    The Free Press Hilaire Belloc
  • Mr. Beecher was advertised to speak, and the house was packed.

    Sixty years with Plymouth Church Stephen M. Griswold
  • This vision which the Red Cross had, which it advertised to people and made other people have, is what the people liked about it.

    The Ghost in the White House Gerald Stanley Lee
British Dictionary definitions for advertised


to present or praise (goods, a service, etc) to the public, esp in order to encourage sales
to make (something, such as a vacancy, article for sale, etc) publicly known, as to possible applicants, buyers, etc: to advertise a job
(intransitive) foll by for. to make a public request (for), esp in a newspaper, etc: she advertised for a cook
(obsolete) to warn; caution
Derived Forms
advertiser, (sometimes US) advertizer, noun
Word Origin
C15: from a lengthened stem of Old French avertir, ultimately from Latin advertere to turn one's attention to. See adverse
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for advertised

late 15c., "informed;" 1780s, "publicly announced," past participle adjective from advertise.



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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