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

Synonyms & Antonyms for promote

Synonyms

advance, elevate, raise, upgrade

Antonyms

abase, degrade, demote, downgrade, lower, reduce

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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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The Mayo Clinic promoted the menu as four parts fat to every one part carbohydrate and protein combined (4:1 ratio), for a diet that added up to 90% of calories from fat, 5% from protein, and 5% from carbohydrates. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, "What Is the Keto Diet, Exactly?," 27 Dec. 2018 Arriving on set for an appearance on Despierta America to promote her latest movie, Second Act, Jennifer pulled up in head-to-toe neon. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Jennifer Lopez's Head-to-Toe Neon Coral Outfit is Brighter Than My Future," 17 Dec. 2018 As many charities do, the Prince's Trust often works with celebrity ambassadors to promote its message. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince Charles, Prince Harry, and Tom Hardy Hear from Victims of Violent Crime," 12 Dec. 2018 This March, Wu rocked a totally unexpected shade of sunset pink before transitioning back to a warm, rosy auburn to promote Crazy Rich Asians this summer. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "15 Celebrities Who Prove a Dye Job Makes a Huge Difference," 18 Oct. 2018 Homes are refuges from sun and heat, built with special features to promote airflow and encourage light diffusion. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Garden-filled house keeps cool with sandstone," 25 Sep. 2018 Such stores have been critical in promoting the brand around the world. Tripp Mickle, WSJ, "‘It’s Been a Rout’: Apple’s iPhones Fall Flat in World’s Largest Untapped Market," 18 Dec. 2018 Pence and Abe also agreed to deepen cooperation in promoting energy, infrastructure and providing loans to nations in the region. Mari Yamaguchi, The Seattle Times, "Pence, Abe agree on North Korea sanctions, new trade talks," 13 Nov. 2018 Early on in the Underline project’s existence, the Knight Foundation, which has been active in promoting urbanism and economic growth in Miami, became an early backer and funded the master plan. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Miami’s Underline underscores potential of park projects," 19 Oct. 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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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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