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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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Examples from the web for publicize
  • The popular media publicize these findings widely, which directly affects consumer behavior.
  • Editors are trying to publicize that shift, but knowledge travels slowly when it has to crawl over high hopes and expectations.
  • It would also allow companies to publicize sales events at which college athletes would be present.
  • They didn't see any benefit to them by helping publicize this circus.
  • Some major media organizations have reduced coverage of violence citing ethics guidelines, so as to not publicize cartel killings.
  • Then they could publicize the sales figures daily to encourage geek parents to buy the version they want to win for their kids.
  • Holt and his team will be actively looking for the best playlist creators, whom they plan to publicize as tastemakers.
  • Few teams publicize it for the obvious reason they want you to belly up to their concession stands.
  • Rather, it is to publicize that these fares are available for people doing good in the world.
  • Airlines celebrate and publicize these partnerships when they are created.
British Dictionary definitions for publicize


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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