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

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Other Words from promote

promotability \ prə-​ˌmō-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce promotability (audio) \ noun
promotable \ prə-​ˈmō-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce promotable (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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Brooks hopes to use her experience to promote an end to K-9 units, not just in Takoma Park. al, "She Went Out For A Walk. Then Drogo The Police Dog Charged.," 15 Oct. 2020 Brooks hopes to use her experience to promote an end to K-9 units, not just in Takoma Park. Maurice Chammah And Abbie Vansickle, USA TODAY, "She went out for a walk. Then Drogo the police dog charged.," 15 Oct. 2020 The village can also use its logo to promote special events, such as its Homer for the Holidays festival, and can change the colors on the tree to reflect the seasons, officials said. Michelle Mullins,, "Homer Glen approves and unveils new logo," 15 Oct. 2020 Tencent could use the platform to promote its own games, keep gamers playing and distribute new games. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Tencent Powers Up With a Game-Streaming Super Platform," 13 Oct. 2020 Similarly, recent evidence shows that Attorney General Bill Barr and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo both seem willing to use their offices to promote the Trump campaign’s interests. Garrett M. Graff, Wired, "The Right Way to Cover Hacks and Leaks Before the Election," 7 Oct. 2020 Our unions know how to promote the safety of our workers. Anchorage Daily News, "Candidate Q&A: Alaska Senate District L — Roselynn Cacy," 3 Oct. 2020 Crouch said $4 million has been allocated to improve the food supply chain, increase capacity and promote worker safety. Elizabeth Depompei, The Indianapolis Star, "What we learned from the governor's coronavirus news conference this week," 30 Sep. 2020 Another whistleblower complaint, made public Sept. 9 by the House Intelligence Committee, alleged that top DHS officials interfered with intelligence gathering to safeguard the president’s political image and promote his immigration agenda. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "Chad Wolf faces contentious confirmation hearing Wednesday," 22 Sep. 2020

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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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21 Oct 2020

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“Promote.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of promote

: to change the rank or position of (someone) to a higher or more important one
British : to move (a sports team) to a higher position in a league
: to help (something) happen, develop, or increase


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.
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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