Verb advertise Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


advertise (third-person singular simple present advertises, present participle advertising, simple past and past participle advertised)

  1. (transitive, now rare) To notify (someone) of something; to call someone's attention to something.
  2. (transitive) To give (especially public) notice of (something); to announce publicly.
  3. (intransitive) To provide information about a person or goods and services to influence others.
  4. (transitive) To provide public information about (a product, service etc.) in order to attract public awareness and increase sales.

More definition: 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. give information to the public about; announce publicly in a newspaper, on radio or television, etc., to advertise a reward. call attention to, in a boastful or ostentatious manner, Stop advertising yourself!

4.Obsolete. to give notice, advice, or information to; inform, I advertised him of my intention.

5.Obsolete. to admonish; warn. ask for something by placing a notice in a newspaper, over radio or television, etc., to advertise for a house to rent. offer goods for sale or rent, solicit funds, etc., by means of advertisements, It pays to advertise.

8.Cards. Poker. to bluff so as to make the bluff obvious. Rummy. to discard a card in order to induce an opponent to discard one of the same suit or denomination.

1. to present or praise (goods, a service, etc) to the public, esp in order to encourage sales

2. to make (something, such as a vacancy, article for sale, etc) publicly known, as to possible applicants, buyers, etc, to advertise a job

3. (intransitive) foll by for. to make a public request (for), esp in a newspaper, etc, she advertised for a cook

4. (obsolete) to warn; caution Derived Formsadvertiser, (sometimes US) advertizer, noun Word OriginC15, from a lengthened stem of Old French avertir, ultimately 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
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.


We could advertise them in our brochure.

And to see the same effectuallie done, and thereof to advertise their Lordships."

A friend of hers who is a florist asks if she can advertise on the site.

One friend suggests she advertise on dating sites.

For instance, I could hand carve bird calls and then advertise them only to people who are looking at online content about hand-carved bird calls or who search the Internet for information about hand-carved bird calls.

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