ad·ver·tise / ˈadvərˌtīz/ • v. [tr.] describe or draw attention to (a product, service, or event) in a public medium in order to promote sales or attendance: a billboard advertising beer [intr.] we had a chance to advertise on television. ∎ seek to fill (a vacancy) by putting a notice in a newspaper or other medium: for every job we advertise we get a hundred applicants | [intr.] he advertised for dancers in the trade papers. ∎ make (a quality or fact) known: Meryl coughed briefly to advertise her presence.DERIVATIVES: ad·ver·tis·er n.