from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of advertising.
  • noun A notice, such as a poster or a paid announcement in the print, broadcast, or electronic media, designed to attract public attention or patronage.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Attention; observation; heed.
  • noun Instruction; warning; intelligence.
  • noun A giving of notice or information; notification; specific intelligence about anything: as, a publisher's advertisement prefixed to a book (as part of it).
  • noun A notice or an announcement made public by handbill, placard, or similar means, or, as formerly, by proclamation, as by a town crier; specifically, a paid notice of any kind inserted in a newspaper or other public print.
  • noun A bringing into public notice or attention; publicity; notoriety.
  • noun Often abbreviated ad., adv., or advt.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Archaic The act of informing or notifying; notification.
  • noun obsolete Admonition; advice; warning.
  • noun A public notice, especially a paid notice in some public print; anything that advertises.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun marketing A commercial solicitation designed to sell some commodity, service or similar.
  • noun A public notice.
  • noun A recommendation of a particular product, service or person.

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

  • noun a public promotion of some product or service


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French advertissement ("statement calling attention"), compare French avertissement ("warning"). See advertise.


  • At least the commercial advertisers have an incentive to offer correct information on their product (tastes great, cheap prices etc) otherwise the customer won't buy the product a second time and the advertisement is a waste of money.

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  • Bournemouth, no I am only pointing out the differences between these two not for profit businesses that were mentioned in the advertisement, and the advertisement is against the forum rules for both.

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  • The third line of the advertisement is addressed to the ladies of the air.

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  • In this case, Crimplesham, who is, in the words of an English classic, a man-of-infinite-resource-and-sagacity, correctly deduces that, of all people, the last whom we shall expect to find answering our advertisement is the criminal himself.

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  • Pursuant to 1200.1 (k), "advertisement" is defined as:

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  • (Clearing his throat in advertisement of his presence.)


  • He uttered a clucking noise in advertisement of his friendliness, and Michael snarled at this black who had dared to lay hands upon him -- a contamination, according to Michael's training -- and who now dared to address him who associated only with white gods.


  • The group Americans for Life, which bought the advertisement, is now promising to make a correction.

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  • Cherokee wagged the stump of his tail in advertisement that he understood the meaning of the blows, but that he knew he was himself in the right and only doing his duty by keeping his grip.

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  • And one that has a business model that can be summed up in advertisement with long tail concepts, in a time like this is not a realistic one.

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  • I've known folks from Michigan who say "adVERtizment," but folks in Nebraska seem to say "adverTIZEment" (or just "ad").

    November 3, 2010