Verb advert Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


advert (third-person singular simple present adverts, present participle adverting, simple past and past participle adverted)

  1. To turn attention.
  2. To call attention, refer; construed with to.

More definition: remark or comment; refer (usually followed by to), He adverted briefly to the news of the day. turn the attention (usually followed by to), The committee adverted to the business at hand.


1. (Brit, informal) short for advertisement advert2 /ədˈvɜːt/ verb
1. (intransitive) foll by to. to draw attention (to); refer (to) Word OriginC15, from Latin advertere to turn one's attention to. See adverseCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
mid-15c., averten "to turn (something) aside," from Middle French avertir (12c.), from Late Latin advertere (see advertise). The -d- added 16c. on the Latin model. Related, Adverted; adverting.
colloquial shortening of advertisement, attested by 1860.


It is necessary here to advert to a subject much debated during recent years, viz.

The gathered illhumour of many years, aggravated by the confident assurance of the Hegelians, found vent at length in the introduction to his next book, where Hegel's works are described as three-quarters utter absurdity and one-quarter mere paradox - a specimen of the language in which during his subsequent career he used to advert to his three predecessors Fichte, Schelling, but above all Hegel.

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