Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To turn attention. Used with to: The board next adverted to compensation issues.
  • intransitive v. To call attention; refer. Used with to: He adverted to the problem in the opening paragraph. See Synonyms at refer.
  • n. Chiefly British An advertisement.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An advertisement, an ad.
  • v. To turn attention.
  • v. To call attention, refer; construed with to.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To turn the mind or attention; to refer; to take heed or notice; -- with to.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To turn the mind; fix the attention; give or pay heed: with to, and sometimes upon, before the object of attention.
  • To turn the attention in speech or writing; make a remark or remarks (about or in relation to): with to, and formerly sometimes on or upon, before the subject of remark: as, he adverted briefly to the occurrences of the day.
  • Synonyms Advert (to), Refer (to), Allude (to), Hint (at), remark (upon), take notice (of), dwell (upon), glance (at), animadvert (upon). These words are primarily used of the speaker in the conduct of his discourse. Advert, to turn to a thing directly and plainly, perhaps abruptly, so that the hearer's attention is fixed upon it for a time. Refer implies a lighter treatment than advert. Allude, to play upon, is a still more delicate reference to something that is well enough known to make an allusion sufficient, or is too much a matter of sensitiveness to permit the speaker to advert, or even refer, to it plainly; for these or other reasons, the mention is slight or indefinite. A still lighter reference is expressed by hint (at). See hint, v.
  • To turn the mind or attention to; take note of; observe.
  • To advise, warn, or counsel.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make a more or less disguised reference to
  • n. a public promotion of some product or service
  • v. make reference to
  • v. give heed (to)

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English adverten, from Old French advertir, to notice, from Latin advertere, to turn toward; see adverse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English adverten, from Old French advertir "to notice", from Latin advertere "to turn toward". See adverse.

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    November 17, 2007

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    November 17, 2007