• 1A notice or announcement in a public medium promoting a product, service, or event or publicizing a job vacancy.

    ‘advertisements for alcoholic drinks’
    • ‘City pages of newspapers are filled with high visibility advertisements for new products.’
    • ‘It features advertisements for equipment sales, as well as bands searching for musicians and various other items.’
    • ‘Our public service advertisements continue to appear in national magazines.’
    • ‘It has produced non-commercial public service advertisements, including ones for the 1999 election.’
    • ‘In recent weeks, the Daily Bugle has printed more than a dozen large advertisements for cigarettes.’
    • ‘Littered throughout today's newspapers there are job advertisements for positions in the public service.’
    • ‘Most advertisements for baby products suggest that what's good for baby is also pretty good for mum.’
    • ‘Over the years, I've noticed various advertisements for customised designer beds.’
    • ‘The sports star will do TV advertisements for the candidate.’
    • ‘All advertisements for cosmetic surgery should also carry clear health warnings, she added.’
    • ‘And nowhere is this science more exciting than in the advertisements for personal care products.’
    • ‘As a result, cigarette makers do not need to design different packages and advertisements for each state.’
    • ‘They have produced advertisements for beers, cosmetics, stores and movies.’
    • ‘He would frequently answer advertisements for rental vacancies, but no landlord would offer his family a spot.’
    • ‘The advertisements for promoting television sets also help in achieving a boost in overall sales.’
    • ‘That is why so many advertisements for products consist of nothing more than the name of the product and perhaps a smiling face.’
    • ‘And scores of promos through print and television advertisements announce the arrival of new films.’
    • ‘Brightly-coloured neon signs are mostly used as rooftop advertisements for hotels or other commercial institutions.’
    • ‘But advertisements for massage services will continue to appear in the paper.’
    • ‘Students created advertisements for their products, and they also learned how to make change.’
    notice, announcement, bulletin
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    1. 1.1informal A person or thing regarded as a means of recommending something.
      ‘unhappy clients are not a good advertisement for the firm’
      • ‘He was no advertisement for the underdog in his playing days.’
      • ‘Unhappy at work and in love, our heroine has been the worst imaginable advertisement for women's independence.’
      • ‘He's no advertisement for a healthy look, is he?’
      • ‘The walk on Sunday was a huge success story and was a very good advertisement for the Walkway.’
      • ‘It would be the most richly observed advertisement for the values of freedom we can imagine.’
      • ‘After all, torture victims are the best possible advertisement for terrorist recruitment.’
      • ‘A while back, I wrote an article that was basically one big advertisement for how incredibly datable I am.’
      • ‘February is the month when there is no vegetation to cover this awful advertisement for the town.’
      • ‘It was the government's best possible advertisement for a new stadium.’
      • ‘All in all it makes a poor advertisement for the firm.’
      • ‘The International Rules was the most frightful advertisement for sport that one could ever want to see.’
      • ‘Then again, this article was basically one long deranged advertisement for his shows.’
      • ‘The president's testimony is a long, tedious advertisement for his company.’
      • ‘The first semi-final however was an absolute humdinger, a marvellous advertisement for the sport.’
      • ‘It could become a much more attractive advertisement for paleontology and for the Society.’
      • ‘It comes down to a system that is no advertisement for American technology.’
      • ‘The film is no bad advertisement for the company, either.’
      • ‘The current edition is a dull, impersonal and ill - judged advertisement for what we trust is the excitement to come.’
      • ‘He is tennis's most high-profile advertisement for the benefits of an alternative education.’
      • ‘The organisation is looking for more volunteers and there could be no better advertisement for the group than Julie.’
      favourable mention, piece of publicity, favourable review, promotion, recommendation, commendation, mention, good word, commercial
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Late Middle English (denoting a statement calling attention to something): from Old French advertissement, from the verb advertir (see advertise).