noun

British
informal
  • An advertisement.

    • ‘I was looking for the advertising costs so I can put in an advert for my new venture!’
    • ‘The cinema was half full and the adverts went on for over half an hour… ridiculous.’
    • ‘If the news reports failed to tell you it was Christmas, the adverts were quick to plug that gap.’
    • ‘If viewers could rate adverts they like, perhaps the insulting ones would quickly get weeded out.’
    • ‘It's not just about bus shelter adverts and nice shelves in the supermarket.’
    • ‘Cash raised will be used to plant and maintain the area where the advert is displayed.’
    • ‘One of the banned adverts in the series appeared as a poster and showed a photograph of an alleyway at night.’
    • ‘They will be accompanied by adverts from local retail companies as well as music promotions.’
    • ‘Have you ever noticed how the adverts at London tube stations vary depending on where you are?’
    • ‘The leaflets back a cinema advert being aired locally with the same message.’
    • ‘Within days, Kerry's camp responded in kind, buying a series of adverts in key swing states.’
    • ‘Poster adverts that talk to people walking by could soon be hitting the high street.’
    • ‘People might take more notice of car insurance adverts that they have time to read.’
    • ‘However, our first adverts of the season hit the shelves next week, and then our traffic will rocket.’
    • ‘It seems, however, that it is not just the adverts that prey on young minds.’
    • ‘The New Year is usually a very poor time for quality adverts on television.’
    • ‘They have taken out expensive adverts in the trade press, complete with favourable reviews.’
    • ‘Trying to spot what on earth adverts are selling helps fill the gaps between television programmes.’
    • ‘Advertisers place their adverts where they think they can reach their audience.’
    • ‘Amid all the gloom and doom in the advertising industry giant adverts seem to be bucking the trend.’
    notice, announcement, bulletin
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Origin

Mid 19th century: abbreviation.

Pronunciation:

advert

/ˈadvəːt/

verb

[NO OBJECT]advert to
formal
  • Refer to in speaking or writing:

    ‘I have already adverted to the solar revolution’
    • ‘It is a matter which your Honours have already seen was adverted to by his Honour in the second sentence.’
    • ‘In the long run, can the US adequately respond without adverting to its religious motive?’
    • ‘Now, that is a matter which was adverted to in this Court in a case referred to on page 72 of the application book.’
    • ‘It adverted to the widespread recognition that the region would be a separate national state.’
    • ‘The delinquencies of the peace process must not be adverted to in public.’
    • ‘There is no need to prove that D adverted to the consequences at all.’
    • ‘Yet isn't this what is implied in the allusion which does not advert to the activities of the army?’
    • ‘Now, your Honours, in relation to the fourth of those propositions - the first one I have adverted to already.’
    • ‘The gloss I just referred to is adverted to in paragraph 34 of our written submissions.’
    • ‘That is what the parties agreed to, albeit because they did not advert to that consequence.’
    • ‘His report is not helpful and given the shortcomings already adverted to, I prefer to rely on the evidence.’
    mention, make mention of, make reference to, allude to, touch on, speak about, speak of, talk about, talk of, write about, cite, name, comment on, deal with, go into, note, point out, call attention to, bring up, raise, broach, introduce
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French avertire, from Latin advertere turn towards (see adverse). The original sense was ‘turn one's attention to’, later ‘bring to someone's attention’.

Pronunciation:

advert

/ˈadvəːt/