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To Adverti'se. v.a. [advertir, Fr.]

It is now spoken with the accent upon the last syllable; but appears to have been anciently accented on the second.

  1. To inform another; to give intelligence; with an accusative of the person informed.

                    The bishop did require a respite,
    Wherein he might the king his lord advertise,
    Whether our daughter were legitimate.
    Shakespeare's Henry VIII.

    As I by friends am well advertised,
    Sir Edmund Courtney, and the haughty prelate,
    Bishop of Exeter, his elder brother,
    With many more confederates are in arms.
    Shakespeare's Richard III.

  2. To inform; to give notice: with of before the subject of information.

    The death of Selymus nothing suspected, Ferhates, understanding that Solyman expected more assured advertisement, sent unto the other Bassas; unto whom he declared the death of the emperor: of which they, by another messenger, advertised Solyman, firming those letters with all their hands and seals. Knolles's History of the Turks.

    They were to advertise the chief hero of the distresses of his subjects, occasioned by his absence, to crave his succour, and solicite him to hasten his return. Dryd. Pref. Dufresn.

  3. To give notice of any thing, by means of an advertisement in the publick prints; as, He advertised his loss.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Henry VIII (62) · Knolles, Richard (44) · Shakespeare's Richard III (63)

Attributes: French (385) · Verb Active (289)

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