promote

verb
pro·mote | \prə-ˈmōt \
promoted; promoting

Definition of promote 

transitive verb

1a : 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

2a : to contribute to the growth or prosperity of : further promote international understanding

b : to help bring (something, such 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

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Other Words from promote

promotability \prə-ˌmō-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē \ noun
promotable \prə-ˈmō-tə-bəl \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for promote

advance, promote, forward, further mean to help (someone or something) to move ahead. advance stresses effective assisting in hastening a process or bringing about a desired end. advance the cause of peace promote suggests an encouraging or fostering and may denote an increase in status or rank. a campaign to promote better health forward implies an impetus forcing something ahead. a wage increase would forward productivity further suggests a removing of obstacles in the way of a desired advance. used the marriage to further his career

Examples of promote in a Sentence

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.
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This is a slow and gentle series of movements designed to promote health and well-being for all adults, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Hallandale Beach Cultural Community Center, 410 SE 3rd St., Hallandale Beach. 305-458-9518. Mary Lou Cruz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Fort Lauderdale area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 Earlier this year, the United States tried to kill an international resolution designed to promote breastfeeding. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "It’s Normal for the U.S. to Put Corporate Profits Above Babies’ Health," 10 July 2018 Both were promoted to series regulars for Season 3, TV Line reports. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Riverdale Season 3: Everything You Need to Know," 6 July 2018 Martinez, who was promoted to advanced Class A Visalia on June 29, was replaced by Jose Herrera. Paul Johnson, Naperville Sun, "Not-so-tiny Tim: Standout defensive catcher Tim Susnara heats up at the plate for Kane County Cougars," 3 July 2018 Diets tend to approach nutrition and weight loss as a temporary state of mind, but maintaining a lifestyle that promotes a healthy weight and metabolism is often a lifelong journey. Kevin Klatt, SELF, "Why Weight Loss Diets Fail," 26 June 2018 Clint Bowyer, Harvick’s teammate at Stewart-Haas Racing, echoed his feelings at his press conference Friday, saying sometimes the sport has too narrow of a focus by promoting only the on-track action. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Why Kevin Harvick wants NASCAR to add races in Canada and Mexico," 26 June 2018 Advocates for full legalization rubbed elbows with those who primarily promoted medical-use marijuana. Marco Santana, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Marijuana advocates promote education amidst growing legalization push," 14 July 2018 Contrast that attitude with the Cubs clubhouse, where manager Joe Maddon promotes a culture of inclusiveness in which rookies and veterans are treated the same. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Clubhouse policeman Bud Norris creating latest controversy in St. Louis," 14 July 2018

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First Known Use of promote

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for promote

Middle English, from Latin promotus, past participle of promovēre, literally, to move forward, from pro- forward + movēre to move

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The first known use of promote was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for promote

promote

verb

English Language Learners 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

promote

verb
pro·mote | \prə-ˈmōt \
promoted; promoting

Kids Definition of promote

1 : to move up in position or rank Their daughter was promoted to the next grade.

2 : to help (something) to grow or develop Good soil promotes plant growth.

promote

transitive verb
pro·mote | \prə-ˈmōt \
promoted; promoting

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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