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[ad-ver-tahyz-muh nt, ad-vur-tis-muh nt, -tiz-] /ˌæd vərˈtaɪz mənt, ædˈvɜr tɪs mənt, -tɪz-/
noun
1.
a paid announcement, as of goods for sale, in newspapers or magazines, on radio or television, etc.
2.
a public notice, especially in print.
3.
the action of making generally known; a calling to the attention of the public:
The news of this event will receive wide advertisement.
Also, advertizement.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English < Middle French avertissement. See advertise, -ment
Related forms
preadvertisement, noun
readvertisement, noun
self-advertisement, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for advertisement

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/ədˈvɜːtɪsmənt; -tɪz-/
noun
1.
any public notice, as a printed display in a newspaper, short film on television, announcement on radio, etc, designed to sell goods, publicize an event, etc Shortened forms ad, advert
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Word Origin and History for advertisement
n.

early 15c., "written statement calling attention to" something, "public notice" (of anything, but often of a sale); from Middle French avertissement, from stem of avertir (see advertise). Meaning "public notice" (usually paid), the main modern sense, emerged 1580s and was fully developed by 18c.

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