verb

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

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

advertise

/ˈadvətʌɪz/