Definition of publicize in English:


(also publicise)


  • 1 Make (something) widely known:

    ‘use the magazine to publicize human rights abuses’
    • ‘Yet they are also very good at calling a rally on the right issue at the right time, and publicizing it widely.’
    • ‘Her second space mission was widely publicised and plans made to celebrate on her return.’
    • ‘And all this despite widely publicised security fears over Net banking.’
    • ‘Whatever happens, if this becomes more widely publicised it will be used as a stick to beat vegans with.’
    • ‘One of the most widely publicized cases, involving two clinics in North Jakarta, occurred in March.’
    • ‘The widely publicised fear is that this strain of avian flu might somehow mutate into one that could spread from human to human.’
    • ‘Do you like the idea - do you support the idea of these kinds of widely publicized alerts?’
    • ‘Florida made it a point to widely publicize this intimidating fact again this year - until stopped by a court.’
    • ‘The punishment was widely publicised in the state press as a warning to other local leaders.’
    • ‘That episode and error were widely publicised at the time and have dominated some obituaries.’
    • ‘He went on to breed cattle and horses, and his schemes were widely publicized in English journals.’
    • ‘The trade union movement did not widely publicise the dispute, so that workers outside the immediate area knew little or nothing about the strike.’
    • ‘Since 1992 extra emergency sessions have been held to deal with widely publicized human rights crises.’
    • ‘The lamentable standard of their equipment is widely publicised.’
    • ‘This widely publicised view of today's youth unfortunately makes some people generalise and view all teenagers in the same light.’
    • ‘These could not be sold openly in Chile, but some Americans help to sell them in the United States as a way of publicizing the human rights violations.’
    • ‘A widely publicized slogan says that there are no trifling matters where the interests of the masses are concerned.’
    • ‘Yet reporters also have been fired and a small number jailed after angering communist authorities by publicizing corruption and other official abuses.’
    • ‘Animal welfare laws are strictly enforced in the countries abroad and the press also publicises animal abuses very widely, owing to which cases of cruelty to animals are very few, she says.’
    • ‘The most widely publicized plastic-bullet injury was a neck injury where a young man will likely never speak again.’
    make known, make public, bring to public attention, bring to public notice, announce, report, communicate, impart, disclose, reveal, divulge, leak, publish, broadcast, transmit, issue, put out, distribute, spread, unfold, disseminate, circulate, air, blazon, herald, proclaim, promulgate
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    1. 1.1 Give out information about (a product, person, or company) for advertising or promotional purposes:
      ‘Judy had started to publicize books and celebrities’
      • ‘Maybe you have a product or service to sell, an organization or cause to promote, or a celebrity or politician to publicize.’
      • ‘We set about publicising the meeting as widely as possible.’
      • ‘They need to do some good publicising and push their product and beat whatever Sony and MS can do in the marketing.’
      • ‘I am trying to compile some internet facts and figures on Zora for use in publicising her.’
      • ‘Event sponsorship can also be used to publicize your product.’
      • ‘But the idea does not seem to be wholly to greet the teams because these companies also publicise their products on these banners.’
      • ‘This would be an ideal opportunity for local producers to publicise their products to the Parisian and French Markets.’
      • ‘So rest assured that while we're eager to show our appreciation we would never publicize anyone's name without their explicit permission.’
      • ‘The original idea of establishing a team and an office to promote, publicize and create books from the expeditions, soon evolved into the Luo Ben store.’
      • ‘The book has also been publicized by many conservative groups as a fundraiser.’
      • ‘Many sites are backed by companies whose primary purpose is to publicize or sell medications, products, or devices.’
      • ‘Accompanying these changes in substance has been a new Chinese campaign to publicize and promote the country's foreign policy.’
      • ‘Customers can publicize their products and services without necessarily selling anything.’
      • ‘Everyone should be publicising the event as widely as possible.’
      • ‘They cut their own salaries in order to afford a new hire - a business-development exec who could publicize the company and bring in new accounts.’
      • ‘It makes sense therefore for us as a community based paper to concentrate our energies on publicising and promoting such wonderful work, which is all carried out on a voluntary basis.’
      • ‘However, not all ads for medical service are banned from inviting celebrities to publicize their products.’
      • ‘A large company contracted me to publicize its newest division.’
      • ‘He also plays solo when he can - though sometimes these gigs aren't publicised widely.’
      • ‘A ship spokesman would not give details of private events planned but said public sessions would be publicised soon.’
      advertise, promote, build up, talk up, push, beat the drum for, boost, merchandise
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