Meaning of “advertise” in the English Dictionary

"advertise" in British English

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advertiseverb [ T or I ]

uk /ˈæd.və.taɪz/ us /ˈæd.vɚ.taɪz/

B1 to make something known generally or in public, especially in order to sell it:

We advertised our car in the local newspaper.
He advertises his services on the company notice board.
I'm going to advertise for (= put a notice in the newspaper, local shop, etc., asking for) someone to clean my house.
There's no harm in applying for other jobs, but if I were you, I wouldn't advertise the fact (= make it generally known) at work.

More examples

  • They advertise clothes 'for the fuller figure'.
  • It is most expensive to advertise at peak viewing times.
  • The concert was well enough advertised but ticket sales were poor.
  • Teaching posts are advertised in Tuesday's edition of the paper.
  • The market for those dreadful compilation records you see advertised on TV is just another of life's great mysteries.
advertiser
noun [ C ] uk /ˈæd.və.taɪ.zər/ us /ˈæd.vɚ.taɪ.zɚ/

While claiming to promote positive images of women, advertisers are in fact doing the very opposite.

(Definition of “advertise” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"advertise" in American English

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advertiseverb [ I/T ]

us /ˈæd·vərˌtɑɪz/

to make something known generally or in public, esp. in order to sell it:

[ T ] He advertises his business on the Internet.
[ I ] I’m going to advertise for (= put a notice in the newspaper asking for) someone to clean my house.
advertiser
noun [ C ] us /ˈæd·vərˌtɑɪ·zər/

Car companies are major TV advertisers.

(Definition of “advertise” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"advertise" in Business English

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advertiseverb [ I or T ]

uk /ˈædvətaɪz/ us

MARKETING to make a product or service known about in order to sell it, for example using the internet, magazines, television, or billboards:

Financial companies have changed the way they advertise.
The product was heavily advertised in local media.
advertise sth as sth The bond was originally advertised as "no liability to basic rate income tax".

WORKPLACE, HR to make it known that a job or work is available, by putting an advertisement in a newspaper or on the internet:

advertise for sth The company is advertising for a new commercial manager.

(Definition of “advertise” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)