When you publicize something, you let the whole world know about it. The president might hold a press conference to publicize a new policy, or you might use Facebook to publicize your new relationship status.

To make something very widely known, or to make an official announcement about it, is to publicize it. Companies publicize new products and sale prices, and politicians publicize the missteps and bad policies of their opponents. The verb publicize was first used at the beginning of the twentieth century, combining public, with its Latin root of publicus, "of the people, common, or general," and the verb-making suffix ize.

Definitions of publicize
  1. verb
    make public
    synonyms: air, bare, publicise
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    publicize in an exaggerated and often misleading manner
    make public by bulletin
    bring out, issue, publish, put out, release
    prepare and issue for public distribution or sale
    broadcast, circularise, circularize, circulate, diffuse, disperse, disseminate, distribute, pass around, propagate, spread
    cause to become widely known
    air, beam, broadcast, send, transmit
    broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television
    supervise the publication of
    distribute (multimedia files) over the internet for playback on a mobile device or a personal computer
    broadcast or disseminate via satellite
    broadcast a sports event
    introduce into an environment
    telecast, televise
    broadcast via television
    generalise, generalize, popularise, popularize, vulgarise, vulgarize
    cater to popular taste to make popular and present to the general public; bring into general or common use
    transmit (a signal) for setting off an appropriate response, as in telecommunication
    rebroadcast, rerun
    broadcast again, as of a film
    carry, run
    include as the content; broadcast or publicize
    type of:
    let something be known
  2. verb
    call attention to
    synonyms: advertise, advertize, publicise
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    publicize widely or highly, as if with a headline
    advertize noisily or blatantly
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    announce, denote
    make known; make an announcement
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