verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Describe or draw attention to (a product, service, or event) in a public medium in order to promote sales or attendance.

    ‘a billboard advertising beer’
    • ‘They encourage the use of medicines without any prescription by advertising their products on television and radio.’
    • ‘Coating products are promoted and advertised as graffiti-resistant, but what does that really mean?’
    • ‘Eventually, streaming video should prove of great use in promoting and advertising products on the Web.’
    • ‘Numerous billboards advertising this event have been rented.’
    • ‘Although the service was advertised as being ‘free’ it was being charged at 38p per minute.’
    • ‘Products that are advertised as cures for colic do not help.’
    • ‘Recognising the importance of advertising a public event became the impetus for two simultaneous activities.’
    • ‘It's about reaching of the widest possible audience we can to advertise our products and services.’
    • ‘The conference was advertised as being about gender and identity in South China.’
    • ‘People who want to promote or advertise a product or brand are the most interested.’
    • ‘You are required to advertise your product or service and the terms of the sale honestly and accurately.’
    • ‘Each event will be advertised as soon as they are arranged.’
    • ‘The lecture's organizers have said the lecture was clearly advertised as a series of yarns.’
    • ‘Web sites are all about advertising products, ideas and services.’
    • ‘This event is advertised as a family day out with opportunities to watch skilled aviation displays and see exciting jet aircraft.’
    • ‘There are no billboards advertising Western products.’
    • ‘It is all part of the national programme being advertised as Power to Change.’
    • ‘Six out of ten of those quizzed said they mistrusted brands that used pop-ups to advertise their products and services.’
    • ‘The detective said the prostitution service was advertised as an an escort service.’
    • ‘The event was advertised as family friendly with many workshops for both beginner and advanced practitioner.’
    1. 1.1 Publicize information about (a vacancy)
      ‘for every job we advertise we get a hundred applicants’
      no object ‘he advertised for dancers in the trade papers’
      • ‘I only found one job that advertised for an evolutionary psychologist.’
      • ‘Ms Gordon explained that that house would be advertised for tender in the near future.’
      • ‘Frank, 41, applied for the post when the parish council advertised two vacancies.’
      • ‘New four-bedroom semis are now being advertised for £85,000, down from £92,000 last August.’
      • ‘Our members will one week be asking employers to advertise vacancies and the next they'll be asking for a job.’
      • ‘Mrs Darlington got the job after the town council advertised the vacancy last summer.’
      • ‘Once this was done a provincial circular would be issued advertising vacancies for internal recruitment.’
      • ‘Not a single place was advertised for rent at under £200 a week-and that gets a studio or a one-bedroom flat.’
      • ‘The post is being advertised for the third time in less than a year.’
      • ‘They have already advertised for a Principal and will advertise a teaching post once the Principal has been appointed.’
      • ‘And she also set-up a multi-lingual website to help advertise vacancies.’
      • ‘The company already advertises vacancies here on its website.’
      • ‘Mr Taylor pointed out it should have been advertised for the over-60s.’
      • ‘Recruitment and retention activities are occurring but having no real impact on vacancies being advertised.’
      • ‘They were advertised for the princely sum of $16.95 and even a young squirt like me could afford one at that price.’
      • ‘Before the trip the agency will advertise the vacancies in all major Australian cities.’
      • ‘However, it has struggled to recruit the 550 staff it needs in its new location, despite advertising the vacancies.’
      • ‘So much so that the English Golf Union has got a page on its website which advertises such vacancies.’
      • ‘Recreational activities and evening classes are advertised for the longer nights approaching.’
      • ‘They do not advertise these vacancies, but family and friends are appointed.’
      publicize, make public, make known, give publicity to, bill, post, announce, broadcast, proclaim, trumpet, shout from the rooftops, give notice of, call attention to, promulgate
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    2. 1.2 Make (a quality or fact) known.
      ‘Meryl coughed briefly to advertise her presence’
      • ‘They would also have to pay to advertise the fact they would be applying for the licence.’
      • ‘That was Jessica's voice, slightly nasal, desperately advertising the fact that any pity would be welcome.’
      • ‘If you need to escape an oppressive regime, can you afford to advertise that fact by filling out an asylum claim in the street?’
      • ‘You are passionate and adventurous, however, you do not go around advertising these qualities.’
      • ‘Remove labels from new trees and shrubs as this advertises the fact that they are new and easy to remove.’
      • ‘She didn't advertise the fact that she was listening to only him, but she wanted to.’
      • ‘It's not my responsibility to advertise the fact that I am ruthless.’
      • ‘He seems reluctant to advertise the fact he has a cousin from France.’
      • ‘I wore only a pair of jeans and a t-shirt advertising the fact that I had given blood at the last blood drive.’
      • ‘In order to cope with this dilemma, the authorities decided to remove the signs on Friday, but not to advertise the fact.’
      • ‘I didn't even find out that we had any titles in our family until I was about eight or nine, they hated to advertise that fact.’
      • ‘I didn't want to advertise the fact that we'd be away from the flat for a while.’
      • ‘Regis also took the opportunity to advertise the quality of the police department that he headed.’
      • ‘If a man is a fool, the best thing to do is to encourage him to advertise the fact by speaking. - Woodrow Wilson’
      • ‘It said it wants to advertise this fact in a more tangible way hence the commission's presence at the show.’
      • ‘A lot of people don't want to advertise the fact that they have a personal trainer.’
      • ‘No one bothered advertising the fact that, in order to live, I need to keep breathing.’
      • ‘She was vague about the reasons, but she didn't want to advertise the fact I was intelligent.’
      • ‘We have installed additional signs on the road and done everything possible to advertise the fact that the speed limit has been reduced.’
      • ‘Why did this letter writer not take out a full page advertisement to advertise this fact?’
    3. 1.3archaic Notify (someone) of something.
      ‘some prisoners advertised the French of this terrible danger’
      • ‘He was advertised the French army in Italy had had an overthrow.’
      • ‘The captains of the guards advertised the Emperor of it, who sent out scouts.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French advertiss-, lengthened stem of advertir, from Latin advertere ‘turn towards’ (see advert).

Pronunciation

advertise

/ˈadvətʌɪz/