Meaning of AD in English


ad S3 W3 /æd/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

informal an advertisement ⇨ classified ad

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▪ advertisement :

an advertisement for shampoo


They placed an advertisement in the newspaper.

▪ ad informal an advertisement:

She’s been in several TV ads.

▪ advert British English an advertisement:

a job advert


He took out a front-page advert for his shop.

▪ commercial an advertisement on television or radio:

television commercials


He was in some commercials for beer.

▪ trailer an advertisement in the cinema, on television, or online for a film or programme which will be shown soon:

A second trailer for Richard Friedman’s film has just been added to the website.

▪ promotion a series of advertisements for a company’s products:

The company has spent more than $300 million on promotions for the brand.

▪ poster an advertisement on a wall:

They selected a famous artist to do the poster for the upcoming performance.

▪ billboard ( also hoarding British English ) a large sign next to a road, with an advertisement on it:

billboard advertisements


A huge hoarding shows two contrasting images.

▪ flyer a piece of paper with an advertisement on it, often given to you in the street:

Someone was handing out flyers for a new nightclub.

▪ banner ad an advertisement across the top of a page on the Internet:

Banner ads are becoming more sophisticated.

▪ junk mail unwanted advertisements that you get in the post:

I never read junk mail.

▪ spam unwanted emails advertising things:

I’m trying to delete all the spam.

▪ classified ad ( also want ad American English , small ad British English ) a short advertisement that you put in a newspaper if you want to buy or sell something:

The bike was advertised for sale in the small ads section.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.