pro·​mote | \ prə-ˈmōt How to pronounce promote (audio) \
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

Other Words from promote

promotability \ prə-​ˌmō-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce promote (audio) \ noun
promotable \ prə-​ˈmō-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce promote (audio) \ adjective

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The Administration's new Disinformation Governance Board is likely to promote more public mistrust. Mickey Mikitani, WSJ, 17 May 2022 The County Council is tasked with making sure local ordinances promote a safe and nurturing learning environment. Baltimore Sun, 17 May 2022 This includes video conferencing tools to promote equitable hybrid interactions, sensors to detect and respond to individual preferences for temperature and lighting, health and safety monitoring systems and more. Andy Cohen, Forbes, 17 May 2022 Since 2018, the Schwebebahn has been the sister railway of the Shonan Monorail in the Japanese city of Kamakura, to share best practices and promote suspension railways as sustainable modes of travel. Marcel Krueger, CNN, 16 May 2022 Attempts to promote equality are an affront to the natural order of things. Kermit Roosevelt Iii, Time, 16 May 2022 Use it to tame the fussiest of flyaways and to promote softer, stronger hair and hair growth. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 15 May 2022 It’s a game and a show, and a way to promote his ventures. Marc Fisher, Christian Davenport And Faiz Siddiqui, Anchorage Daily News, 15 May 2022 It’s a game and a show, and a way to promote his ventures. Faiz Siddiqui, Washington Post, 14 May 2022 See More

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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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“Promote.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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pro·​mote | \ prə-ˈmōt How to pronounce promote (audio) \
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.


transitive verb
pro·​mote | \ prə-ˈmōt How to pronounce promote (audio) \
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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