from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make public announcement of, especially to proclaim the qualities or advantages of (a product or business) so as to increase sales. See Synonyms at announce.
- transitive v. To make known; call attention to: advertised my intention to resign.
- transitive v. To warn or notify: "This event advertises me that there is such a fact as death” ( Henry David Thoreau).
- intransitive v. To call the attention of the public to a product or business.
- intransitive v. To inquire or seek in a public notice, as in a newspaper: advertise for an apartment.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To give notice to; to inform or apprise; to notify; to make known; hence, to warn; -- often followed by of before the subject of information.
- transitive v. To give public notice of; to announce publicly, esp. by a printed notice.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To take note of; notice; observe.
- To inform; give notice, advice, or intelligence to, whether of a past or present event, or of something future: as, I advertised him of my intention.
- To give information to the public concerning; make public intimation or announcement of, by publication in periodicals, by printed bills, etc., as of anything for sale, lost or found, a meeting, an entertainment, or the like.
- Synonyms To apprise, inform.
- To make known, announce, proclaim, promulgate, publish.
- To take note; take heed; consider.
- To make public announcement of anything of which it is desired to inform the public; announce one's wishes or intentions by advertisement: as, to advertise for something that is wanted.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. call attention to
- v. make publicity for; try to sell (a product)
Middle English advertisen, to notify, from Old French advertir, advertiss-, to notice; see advert1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From (the stem of) Anglo-Norman avertir, advertir, Middle French advertir, avertir ("to warn, give notice to"), with the ending assimilated to -ise, -ize and probably influenced by the noun advertisement. Compare also advert. (Wiktionary)