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[puhb-luh-sahyz] /ˈpʌb ləˌsaɪz/
verb (used with object), publicized, publicizing.
to give publicity to; bring to public notice; advertise:
They publicized the meeting as best they could.
Also, especially British, publicise.
Origin of publicize
1925-30; public + -ize
Related forms
mispublicized, adjective
overpublicize, verb (used with object), overpublicized, overpublicizing.
unpublicized, adjective
promote, sell, acclaim, announce. Unabridged
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  • The town is desperate to publicise itself, however frivolously.
  • But they are trying both to mitigate and publicise an alarming acceleration in the rate at which languages are vanishing.
  • The media usually publicise only executions that are deemed by the government to have some wider cautionary value.
  • The story underneath was about an increase in the demand for food stamps, after an effort to publicise their availability.
  • They are pulling the stunt to publicise the incredible savings they provide on conference calling.
British Dictionary definitions for publicise


(transitive) to bring to public notice; advertise
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for publicise

chiefly British English spelling of publicize. For suffix, see -ize. Related: Publicised; publicising.



1902; see public (adj.) + -ize. Related: Publicized; publicizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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