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Definition of publicity noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    publicity

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//pʌbˈlɪsəti//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pʌbˈlɪsəti//
     
    [uncountable]
     
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  1. 1  the attention that is given to somebody/something by newspapers, television, etc. good/bad/adverse publicity There has been a great deal of publicity surrounding his disappearance. The trial took place amid a blaze of (= a lot of) publicity.
  2. 2  the business of attracting the attention of the public to something/somebody; the things that are done to attract attention She works in publicity. There has been a lot of advance publicity for her new film. publicity material a publicity campaign The band dressed up as the Beatles as a publicity stunt. He’s in charge of the publicity for next year’s festival. Synonymsadvertisementpublicity ad commercial promotion trailerThese are all words for a notice, picture or film/​movie telling people about a product, job or service.advertisement a notice, picture or film/​movie telling people about a product, job or service; an example of something that shows its good qualities; the act of advertising something and making it public:Put an advertisement in the local paper to sell your car. Dirty streets are no advertisement for a prosperous society.publicity [U] the business of attracting the attention of the public to somebody/​something such as a company, book, film/​movie, film/​movie star or product; the things that are done to attract attention:She works in publicity. There has been a lot of advance publicity for her new film.ad, advert (informal) a notice, picture or film/​movie telling people about a product, job or service:We put an ad in the local paper. an ad for a new chocolate barcommercial an advertisement on television or on the radio.promotion a set of advertisements for a particular product or service; activities done in order to increase the sales of a product or service:a special promotion of local products She works in sales and promotion.trailer (especially British English) a series of short scenes from a film/​movie or television programme, shown in advance to advertise it.Patterns (a/​an) advertisement/​publicity/​ad/​commercial/​promotion/​trailer for something a TV/​television/​radio/​cinema advertisement/​ad/​commercial/​promotion to run/​show a(n) advertisement/​ad/​commercial/​trailer
  3. Word Origin late 18th cent.: from French publicité, from public ‘public’, from Latin publicus, blend of poplicus ‘of the people’ (from populus ‘people’) and pubes ‘adult’.Extra examples He’s better-looking in his publicity shots than he is in real life. I read some publicity about vaccinations while waiting my turn at the doctor’s. Taking part in the event will be good publicity for our school. The actress denied that her marriage was just a publicity stunt. The chairman resigned amid a storm of publicity over the bonus payments. The company had received bad publicity over a defective product. The film stars were married in a blaze of publicity. The papers have begun to give greater publicity to the campaign against GM food. The record company’s publicity machine was working flat out. The release of the report was timed to generate maximum publicity. There has been a lot of negative publicity about the hospital. There have been months of advance publicity for the show. There was a lot of negative publicity surrounding the film. The band dressed up as the Beatles as a publicity stunt. The trial took place amid a blaze of publicity. a publicity campaign
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