• 1 Describe or draw attention to (a product, service, or event) in a public medium in order to promote sales or attendance.

    ‘a billboard advertising beer’
    ‘many rugs are advertised as machine washable’
    [no object] ‘we had a chance to advertise on television’
    • ‘They encourage the use of medicines without any prescription by advertising their products on television and radio.’
    • ‘It's about reaching of the widest possible audience we can to advertise our products and services.’
    • ‘You are required to advertise your product or service and the terms of the sale honestly and accurately.’
    • ‘Eventually, streaming video should prove of great use in promoting and advertising products on the Web.’
    • ‘The conference was advertised as being about gender and identity in South China.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is all part of the national programme being advertised as Power to Change.’
    • ‘This event is advertised as a family day out with opportunities to watch skilled aviation displays and see exciting jet aircraft.’
    • ‘Numerous billboards advertising this event have been rented.’
    • ‘Recognising the importance of advertising a public event became the impetus for two simultaneous activities.’
    • ‘The lecture's organizers have said the lecture was clearly advertised as a series of yarns.’
    • ‘Each event will be advertised as soon as they are arranged.’
    • ‘The event was advertised as family friendly with many workshops for both beginner and advanced practitioner.’
    • ‘Products that are advertised as cures for colic do not help.’
    • ‘Six out of ten of those quizzed said they mistrusted brands that used pop-ups to advertise their products and services.’
    • ‘There are no billboards advertising Western products.’
    • ‘Coating products are promoted and advertised as graffiti-resistant, but what does that really mean?’
    • ‘The detective said the prostitution service was advertised as an an escort service.’
    • ‘Web sites are all about advertising products, ideas and services.’
    1. 1.1Seek to fill (a vacancy) by putting a notice in a newspaper or other medium.
      ‘for every job we advertise we get a hundred applicants’
      [no object] ‘he advertised for dancers in the trade papers’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Mrs Darlington got the job after the town council advertised the vacancy last summer.’
      • ‘They were advertised for the princely sum of $16.95 and even a young squirt like me could afford one at that price.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The company already advertises vacancies here on its website.’
      • ‘Our members will one week be asking employers to advertise vacancies and the next they'll be asking for a job.’
      • ‘New four-bedroom semis are now being advertised for £85,000, down from £92,000 last August.’
      • ‘So much so that the English Golf Union has got a page on its website which advertises such vacancies.’
      • ‘And she also set-up a multi-lingual website to help advertise vacancies.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However, it has struggled to recruit the 550 staff it needs in its new location, despite advertising the vacancies.’
      • ‘Recreational activities and evening classes are advertised for the longer nights approaching.’
      • ‘Before the trip the agency will advertise the vacancies in all major Australian cities.’
      • ‘Frank, 41, applied for the post when the parish council advertised two vacancies.’
      • ‘They have already advertised for a Principal and will advertise a teaching post once the Principal has been appointed.’
      • ‘I only found one job that advertised for an evolutionary psychologist.’
      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
      promote, market, merchandise, peddle, display, tout, build up, bang the drum for, beat the drum for, trail, trailer
      push, plug, hype, hype up, give a plug to, puff, give a puff to, boost, flog
      ballyhoo, flack, huckster, blurb
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    2. 1.2Make (a quality or fact) known.
      ‘Meryl coughed briefly to advertise her presence’
      • ‘That was Jessica's voice, slightly nasal, desperately advertising the fact that any pity would be welcome.’
      • ‘A lot of people don't want to advertise the fact that they have a personal trainer.’
      • ‘It's not my responsibility to advertise the fact that I am ruthless.’
      • ‘I didn't want to advertise the fact that we'd be away from the flat for a while.’
      • ‘They would also have to pay to advertise the fact they would be applying for the licence.’
      • ‘If a man is a fool, the best thing to do is to encourage him to advertise the fact by speaking. - Woodrow Wilson’
      • ‘I wore only a pair of jeans and a t-shirt advertising the fact that I had given blood at the last blood drive.’
      • ‘Remove labels from new trees and shrubs as this advertises the fact that they are new and easy to remove.’
      • ‘In order to cope with this dilemma, the authorities decided to remove the signs on Friday, but not to advertise the fact.’
      • ‘Why did this letter writer not take out a full page advertisement to advertise this fact?’
      • ‘She didn't advertise the fact that she was listening to only him, but she wanted to.’
      • ‘You are passionate and adventurous, however, you do not go around advertising these qualities.’
      • ‘She was vague about the reasons, but she didn't want to advertise the fact I was intelligent.’
      • ‘He seems reluctant to advertise the fact he has a cousin from France.’
      • ‘Regis also took the opportunity to advertise the quality of the police department that he headed.’
      • ‘We have installed additional signs on the road and done everything possible to advertise the fact that the speed limit has been reduced.’
      • ‘It said it wants to advertise this fact in a more tangible way hence the commission's presence at the show.’
      • ‘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 you need to escape an oppressive regime, can you afford to advertise that fact by filling out an asylum claim in the street?’
      • ‘No one bothered advertising the fact that, in order to live, I need to keep breathing.’
    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.’


Late Middle English: from Old French advertiss-, lengthened stem of advertir, from Latin advertere turn toward (see advert).