Main definitions of ad in English

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ad1

noun

informal
  • An advertisement.

    ‘the latest television lager ad’
    • ‘World music can now be heard in television ads, in movies, and is incorporated in electronic music.’
    • ‘These days we're used to shock advertising, the soft sell and all ads in between.’
    • ‘Even the television ads for these magazines celebrate the hopeless stupidity and superficiality of the male.’
    • ‘It doesn't mean that I want to see ads from companies who push these drugs.’
    • ‘A quick survey of all the commercials on television and ads in newspapers would make us believe that it does.’
    • ‘Only when he and father Jimmy made a series of Ford ads for television did he have trouble walking down Princes Street unnoticed.’
    • ‘She's actually appearing on television insurance ads at the moment.’
    • ‘Anyway, we're already excitedly mulling over ideas for possible commercials and print ads.’
    • ‘But at least the television ads bring a touch of unpolished rationality to the broadcasts.’
    • ‘No matter which medium is chosen for advertising, ads must exist in order to be publicized.’
    • ‘Depression is talked about, written about, has ads about it on television.’
    • ‘Dean also has run television ads in key states more than four months before voters go to the polls.’
    • ‘Corporations are also replacing their normal advertising with ads created for the Red Cross.’
    • ‘Visitor numbers are a key consideration for advertisers considering placing ads on sites.’
    • ‘Funny thing though, they keep delivering to you, thick folders of ads and flyers.’
    • ‘Bash is also trying to decrease the number of tobacco commercials and ads on television and in the media.’
    • ‘Galleries are also available of the posters and print ads used to advertise the movie.’
    • ‘Google also announced it will begin to offer banner ads to advertisers for the first time.’
    • ‘He has blanketed the city with glossy advertising, nonstop television spots and radio ads.’
    • ‘What they taught him was that he shouldn't write ads for his advertising friends but for the people.’
    notice, announcement, bulletin
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Origin

Mid 19th century: abbreviation.

Pronunciation

ad

/ad/

Main definitions of ad in English

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ad2

noun

Tennis
informal
  • short for advantage
    • ‘An experimental No Ad tennis scoring system will be used at a professional tournament for the first time next week in an attempt to make the game more attractive to television.’

Pronunciation

ad

/ad/

Main definitions of ad in English

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AD3

  • Anno Domini (used to indicate that a date comes the specified number of years after the traditional date of Christ's birth).

Usage

AD is normally written in small capitals and is traditionally placed before the numerals, as in AD 375 (not 375 AD). The reason for this is that AD is an abbreviation of anno domini, which means ‘in the year of our Lord’. However, when the date is spelled out, it is normal to write the third century AD (not AD the third century). Compare with BC

Pronunciation

AD

/eɪˈdiː/