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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
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[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
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adjective (well advertised when postpositive)
advertised widely or interestingly in order to elicit interest


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
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Word Origin and History for well-advertised



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.

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