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advert (v.)

mid-15c., averten "to turn (something) aside" (the mind, the attention, etc.), from Old French avertir (later advertir) "to turn, direct; turn aside; make aware, inform" (12c.), from Latin advertere "turn toward, turn to," from ad "toward" (see ad-) + vertere "to turn" (see versus). The -d- was restored in English 16c. Especially in speaking or writing, "turn to (a topic) abruptly and plainly" (18c.). Related: Adverted; adverting.

advert (n.)

"paid public notice," by 1860, colloquial shortening of advertisement, from the print abbreviation, which is attested by 1855.

updated on December 22, 2016

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Definitions of advert from WordNet
1
advert (v.)
give heed (to);
Synonyms: attend / hang / pay heed / give ear
advert (v.)
make a more or less disguised reference to;
Synonyms: allude / touch
advert (v.)
make reference to;
Synonyms: mention / bring up / cite / name / refer
2
advert (n.)
a public promotion of some product or service;
Synonyms: ad / advertisement / advertizement / advertising / advertizing
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