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

v make public

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
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let something be known

v call attention to

advertise, advertize, publicise
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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