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’
    • ‘Numerous billboards advertising this event have been rented.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Although the service was advertised as being ‘free’ it was being charged at 38p per minute.’
    • ‘The conference was advertised as being about gender and identity in South China.’
    • ‘Coating products are promoted and advertised as graffiti-resistant, but what does that really mean?’
    • ‘Products that are advertised as cures for colic do not help.’
    • ‘There are no billboards advertising Western products.’
    • ‘They encourage the use of medicines without any prescription by advertising their products on television and radio.’
    • ‘Eventually, streaming video should prove of great use in promoting and advertising products on the Web.’
    • ‘It is all part of the national programme being advertised as Power to Change.’
    • ‘The event was advertised as family friendly with many workshops for both beginner and advanced practitioner.’
    • ‘This event is advertised as a family day out with opportunities to watch skilled aviation displays and see exciting jet aircraft.’
    • ‘Each event will be advertised as soon as they are arranged.’
    • ‘Web sites are all about advertising products, ideas and services.’
    • ‘You are required to advertise your product or service and the terms of the sale honestly and accurately.’
    • ‘The detective said the prostitution service was advertised as an an escort service.’
    • ‘Six out of ten of those quizzed said they mistrusted brands that used pop-ups to advertise their products and services.’
    • ‘The lecture's organizers have said the lecture was clearly advertised as a series of yarns.’
    • ‘Recognising the importance of advertising a public event became the impetus for two simultaneous activities.’
    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 were advertised for the princely sum of $16.95 and even a young squirt like me could afford one at that price.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Once this was done a provincial circular would be issued advertising vacancies for internal recruitment.’
      • ‘Ms Gordon explained that that house would be advertised for tender in the near future.’
      • ‘However, it has struggled to recruit the 550 staff it needs in its new location, despite advertising the vacancies.’
      • ‘Before the trip the agency will advertise the vacancies in all major Australian cities.’
      • ‘So much so that the English Golf Union has got a page on its website which advertises such vacancies.’
      • ‘They have already advertised for a Principal and will advertise a teaching post once the Principal has been appointed.’
      • ‘Our members will one week be asking employers to advertise vacancies and the next they'll be asking for a job.’
      • ‘The post is being advertised for the third time in less than a year.’
      • ‘They do not advertise these vacancies, but family and friends are appointed.’
      • ‘The company already advertises vacancies here on its website.’
      • ‘Frank, 41, applied for the post when the parish council advertised two vacancies.’
      • ‘Mrs Darlington got the job after the town council advertised the vacancy last summer.’
      • ‘Mr Taylor pointed out it should have been advertised for the over-60s.’
      • ‘Not a single place was advertised for rent at under £200 a week-and that gets a studio or a one-bedroom flat.’
      • ‘New four-bedroom semis are now being advertised for £85,000, down from £92,000 last August.’
      • ‘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.’
      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’
      • ‘She didn't advertise the fact that she was listening to only him, but she wanted to.’
      • ‘She was vague about the reasons, but she didn't want to advertise the fact I was intelligent.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You are passionate and adventurous, however, you do not go around advertising these qualities.’
      • ‘In order to cope with this dilemma, the authorities decided to remove the signs on Friday, but not to advertise the fact.’
      • ‘They would also have to pay to advertise the fact they would be applying for the licence.’
      • ‘No one bothered advertising the fact that, in order to live, I need to keep breathing.’
      • ‘It's not my responsibility to advertise the fact that I am ruthless.’
      • ‘Remove labels from new trees and shrubs as this advertises the fact that they are new and easy to remove.’
      • ‘We have installed additional signs on the road and done everything possible to advertise the fact that the speed limit has been reduced.’
      • ‘I didn't want to advertise the fact that we'd be away from the flat for a while.’
      • ‘He seems reluctant to advertise the fact he has a cousin from France.’
      • ‘If you need to escape an oppressive regime, can you afford to advertise that fact by filling out an asylum claim in the street?’
      • ‘Regis also took the opportunity to advertise the quality of the police department that he headed.’
      • ‘A lot of people don't want to advertise the fact that they have a personal trainer.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If a man is a fool, the best thing to do is to encourage him to advertise the fact by speaking. - Woodrow Wilson’
      • ‘Why did this letter writer not take out a full page advertisement to advertise this fact?’
      • ‘It said it wants to advertise this fact in a more tangible way hence the commission's presence at the show.’
    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/