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English definition of “publicity”

publicity

noun [U]     /pʌbˈlɪs.ɪ.ti/ US  /-ə.t̬i/
B2 the activity of making certain that someone or something attracts a lot of interest or attention from many people , or the attention received as a result of this activity : He attracted a lot of adverse / bad publicity with his speech about unmarried mothers . Her first novel was published last year in a blaze of (= with a lot of) publicity. We have planned an exciting publicity campaign with our advertisers. The publicity generated by the court case has given a welcome boost to our sales . The normally publicity- shy director will be making several public appearances for the launch of the movie . The enormous publicity surrounding the case will make it very difficult to hold a fair trial . The pop group's arrival by hot-air balloon was just a publicity stunt (= an unusual way of attracting the public's attention ).Advertising, marketing and merchandisingRetailing
(Definition of publicity noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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