Meaning of advertise

ad•ver•tise

Pronunciation: (ad'vur-tīz", ad"vur-tīz'), [key]
— v., -tised, -tis•ing.
—v.t.
  1. to announce or praise (a product, service, etc.) in some public medium of communication in order to induce people to buy or use it: to advertise a new brand of toothpaste.
  2. to give information to the public about; announce publicly in a newspaper, on radio or television, etc.: to advertise a reward.
  3. to call attention to, in a boastful or ostentatious manner: Stop advertising yourself!
  4. to give notice, advice, or information to; inform: I advertised him of my intention.
  5. to admonish; warn.
—v.i.
  1. to ask for something by placing a notice in a newspaper, over radio or television, etc.: to advertise for a house to rent.
  2. to offer goods for sale or rent, solicit funds, etc., by means of advertisements: It pays to advertise.
    1. Poker.to bluff so as to make the bluff obvious.
    2. Rummy.to discard a card in order to induce an opponent to discard one of the same suit or denomination.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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