Main definitions of ad in English

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ad1

noun

informal
  • An advertisement.

    • ‘She's actually appearing on television insurance ads at the moment.’
    • ‘Anyway, we're already excitedly mulling over ideas for possible commercials and print ads.’
    • ‘Corporations are also replacing their normal advertising with ads created for the Red Cross.’
    • ‘Visitor numbers are a key consideration for advertisers considering placing ads on sites.’
    • ‘A quick survey of all the commercials on television and ads in newspapers would make us believe that it does.’
    • ‘But at least the television ads bring a touch of unpolished rationality to the broadcasts.’
    • ‘Only when he and father Jimmy made a series of Ford ads for television did he have trouble walking down Princes Street unnoticed.’
    • ‘Google also announced it will begin to offer banner ads to advertisers for the first time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He has blanketed the city with glossy advertising, nonstop television spots and radio ads.’
    • ‘What they taught him was that he shouldn't write ads for his advertising friends but for the people.’
    • ‘These days we're used to shock advertising, the soft sell and all ads in between.’
    • ‘It doesn't mean that I want to see ads from companies who push these drugs.’
    • ‘Galleries are also available of the posters and print ads used to advertise the movie.’
    • ‘Funny thing though, they keep delivering to you, thick folders of ads and flyers.’
    • ‘Depression is talked about, written about, has ads about it on television.’
    • ‘Even the television ads for these magazines celebrate the hopeless stupidity and superficiality of the male.’
    notice, announcement, bulletin
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Origin

Mid 19th century: abbreviation.

Pronunciation:

ad

/ad/

Main definitions of ad in English

: ad1ad2

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.’

Pronunciation:

ad

/ad/