verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 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.’
    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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

advertise

/ˈadvərˌtīz/