Main definitions of ad in English

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ad1

noun

informal
  • An advertisement.

    • ‘Google also announced it will begin to offer banner ads to advertisers for the first time.’
    • ‘He has blanketed the city with glossy advertising, nonstop television spots and radio ads.’
    • ‘But at least the television ads bring a touch of unpolished rationality to the broadcasts.’
    • ‘What they taught him was that he shouldn't write ads for his advertising friends but for the people.’
    • ‘Funny thing though, they keep delivering to you, thick folders of ads and flyers.’
    • ‘These days we're used to shock advertising, the soft sell and all ads in between.’
    • ‘Depression is talked about, written about, has ads about it on television.’
    • ‘Galleries are also available of the posters and print ads used to advertise the movie.’
    • ‘World music can now be heard in television ads, in movies, and is incorporated in electronic music.’
    • ‘Dean also has run television ads in key states more than four months before voters go to the polls.’
    • ‘Anyway, we're already excitedly mulling over ideas for possible commercials and print ads.’
    • ‘A quick survey of all the commercials on television and ads in newspapers would make us believe that it does.’
    • ‘She's actually appearing on television insurance ads at the moment.’
    • ‘Even the television ads for these magazines celebrate the hopeless stupidity and superficiality of the male.’
    • ‘Visitor numbers are a key consideration for advertisers considering placing ads on sites.’
    • ‘Bash is also trying to decrease the number of tobacco commercials and ads on television and in the media.’
    • ‘No matter which medium is chosen for advertising, ads must exist in order to be publicized.’
    • ‘It doesn't mean that I want to see ads from companies who push these drugs.’
    • ‘Only when he and father Jimmy made a series of Ford ads for television did he have trouble walking down Princes Street unnoticed.’
    • ‘Corporations are also replacing their normal advertising with ads created for the Red Cross.’
    notice, announcement, bulletin
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Origin

Mid 19th century: abbreviation.

Main definitions of ad in English

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ad2

noun

Tennis
informal
  • short for advantage
    • ‘An experimental No Ad tennis scoring system will be used at a professional tournament for the first time next week in an attempt to make the game more attractive to television.’

Main definitions of ad in English

: ad1ad2

AD

  • 1Military
    Active duty.

  • 2Anno Domini (used to indicate that a date comes the specified number of years after the accepted date of Christ's birth)

  • 3Armored division.

  • 4Athletic director.

Usage

In dates, AD is normally written in small capitals and is traditionally placed before the numerals, as in AD 375 (not375 AD). The reason for this is that AD is an abbreviation of anno domini, which means ‘in the year of our Lord.’ However, when the date is spelled out, it is normal to write the third century AD (notAD the third century). Compare with BC. In recent years, some writers have begun using the abbreviations CE (of the Common Era) in place of AD, and BCE (before the Common Era) in place of BC, in consideration of a more secular and international readership