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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n advertising the business of drawing public attention to goods and services
    • n advertising a public promotion of some product or service
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Before 1883, the three-cent U.S. stamp was also used for advertising. The advertisment was located on the back of the stamp for various products
    • n advertising Notification; information.
    • n advertising The act or practice of bringing anything, as one's wants or one's business, into public notice, as by paid announcements in periodicals, or by handbills, placards, etc.: as, to secure customers by advertising. Often used attributively: as, an advertising agent; an advertising scheme; an advertising medium.
    • advertising Attentive; adverting; giving attention.
    • advertising Giving public notice; publishing advertisements: as, the advertising public.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 7-Eleven was the first convenience store to have television advertising. The animated commercial ran in 1949 and had a singing rooster and owl
    • p.adj Advertising (Shak.) attentive
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  • John Lahr
    John Lahr
    “Society drives people crazy with lust and calls it advertising.”
  • Stephen B. Leacock
    “Advertising may be described as the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it.”
  • Marshall Mcluhan
    “Advertising is the greatest art form of the twentieth century.”
  • David Ogilvy
    David Ogilvy
    “What you say in advertising is more important than how you say it.”
  • Laurence J. Peter
    “Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell, and advertise.”
  • George Santayana
    “Advertising is the modern substitute for argument; its function is to make the worse appear the better.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr., from L. See Advert.


In literature:

The daily paper chronicles sensational charity, where men vie with each other to see who can give most and get the most advertising.
"Evening Round Up" by William Crosbie Hunter
I advertised in the Rural New Yorker, The American Magazine and Better Homes and Gardens.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-Fourth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
The Advertising Council rendered a valuable service to advertisers, broadcasting organizations, and publishers.
"The Invisible Government" by Dan Smoot
He argued that they never advertised the side-show but it was always there.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
It is a good advertisement, in fact.
"A Dog with a Bad Name" by Talbot Baines Reed
There's the advertisement, for instance.
"Reginald Cruden" by Talbot Baines Reed
I advertised for a French lady.
"More about Pixie" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Advertising space costs too much to be used for anything but advertising.
"Practical English Composition: Book II." by Edwin L. Miller
I would advertise for them, and even offer a reward for them.
"The Young Bridge-Tender" by Arthur M. Winfield
The ethical objection to any kind of advertising or to work by wholesale.
"Civics and Health" by William H. Allen

In poetry:

Where are the Marys, and Anns, and Elizas,
Loving and lovely of yore?
Look in the columns of old Advertisers,--
Married and dead by the score.
"Questions And Answers" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
His feet were bad, but a handsomer lad
No blind man ever set eyes on
He'd warts on his neck He'd saved from the wreck
And a nose you could advertise on.
"The Sailor Comes Home With The Washing" by T W Connor
The Czar said,--"My cousin the Kaiser,
Was always a good advertiser;
He's determined to fight,
And insists he is right,
But soon he'll be older and wiser."
"Modern Diplomacy, Or How The War Was Started" by Abner Cosens
Great is advertisement! 'tis almost fate,
But, little mushroom-men, of puff-ball fame,
Ah, do you dream to be mistaken great
And to be really great are just the same?
"Alfred Tennyson" by Richard Le Gallienne
Thou shalt not be on friendly terms
With guys in advertising firms,
Nor speak with such
As read the Bible for its prose,
Nor, above all, make love to those
Who wash too much.
"Under Which Lyre" by W H Auden
She saw a drink cure advertised in the Sydney Bulletin—
Cure for brandy, cure for whisky, cure for rum and beer and gin,
And it could be given secret, it was tasteless, swift and sure—
So she purchased half a gallon of that Secret Whisky Cure.
"The Secret Whisky Cure" by Henry Lawson

In news:

Tominaro advertised her bartering proposals on Craigslist.
Stuart Ingis is a partner at Venable LLP and counsel for the Digital Advertising Alliance.
In advertising its first-ever gig last night, the awesomely named Kung Fu Bastard kept its description simple: "The only thing to say is that it is something completely different".
Small town news and innovation in local online advertising.
Batiste , the Church & Dwight owned dry shampoo brand, is launching its first TV advertising campaign to drive consumer awareness for the 30-year-old brand.
Batty , previously VP-sales and marketing and publisher at Gawker Media, will create the advertising sales, marketing and e-commerce structure for the new offering.
The iconic 14-foot-tall root- beer mug that for half a century advertised the location of Ted's Frostop at Calhoun and South Claiborne is once again spinning atop a pole, with its showy neon restored.
Set in the lush valley of the Swabian mountains, Stuttgart advertises itself as "the new heart of Europe," proudly high tech and industrial.
Long list' of Barbour pardons not advertised beforehand .
Reclining in an easy chair, his banjo lolling in his lap, a relaxed Béla Fleck smiles out from the posters advertising the "Concerto for Banjo" scheduled for Thursday and Friday, May 3 and 4, at the Tivoli Theatre.
Central Kitsap finds Bellarmine as good as advertised.
The bellyband—an advertising device that's about as traditional as you can get—is getting the digital treatment at Popular Science.
Whether you're looking to advertise your business on your auto, or you're interested in selling advertising space on your "Mobile Billboard," here's how to maximize your vehicle's exposure.
Besides advertisements being airbrushed visually, I would say there are many advertisements that are touched up in different ways than visually.
The top 10 advertisers in the US spent $14.5bn on advertising between them.

In science:

In this broad sense, an advertisement also can be seen as a recommendation.
A Comparative Study of Collaborative Filtering Algorithms
In other words, the expected running time analysis is much tighter than the worst case displayed in Equation (12) and is proportional to nnz (A) times the square condition number of A as advertised in the abstract.
Randomized Extended Kaczmarz for Solving Least-Squares
Government should by means of advertisement, TV programmes and announcements, educate the people using medical experts why such children are born and how to avoid it.
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)
Such a model can be used to design optimal spreading processes for viral advertising, spread of software updates, etc.
Epidemic Spreading with External Agents
In parallel, de Sitter advertised Lemaˆıtre’s discovery of an expanding universe in several publications [23, 24].
Models of universe with a polytropic equation of state: I. The early universe