Simple Definition of promote
: to change the rank or position of (someone) to a higher or more important one
: to move (a sports team) to a higher position in a league
: to help (something) happen, develop, or increase
Full Definition of promote
1 a : to advance in station, rank, or honor : raise b : to change (a pawn) into a piece in chess by moving to the eighth rank c : to advance (a student) from one grade to the next higher grade
2 a : to contribute to the growth or prosperity of : further <promote international understanding> b : to help bring (as an enterprise) into being : launch c : to present (merchandise) for buyer acceptance through advertising, publicity, or discounting
3 slang : to get possession of by doubtful means or by ingenuity
Examples of promote
He was promoted to senior editor.
The army major was promoted to lieutenant colonel.
The team have been promoted to the First Division.
Mediators were present to promote dialogue.
Good soil promotes plant growth.
The school distributed pamphlets promoting good dental hygiene.
The marketing department is busy promoting the new line of men's clothes for fall.
The island is being promoted as a destination for romantic getaways.
Origin of promote
Middle English, from Latin promotus, past participle of promovēre, literally, to move forward, from pro- forward + movēre to move
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of promote
Rhymes with promote
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Medical Definition of promote
: to cause or contribute to the growth, development, or occurrence of <sugary drinks promote cavities> <a diet that promotes good health>
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