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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Some travel frequently to National League of Cities conferences but also go overseas to promote the city and look for trade opportunities. Bill Turque, kansascity, "KC council members slam gift ethics plan as Jason Kander drops casual campaign video," 12 July 2018 These are the people who are passionate about promoting and selling local arts, clothing and other items. Grace Palmieri, azcentral, "Who's Next is looking for up-and-coming Local Retailers across Arizona," 9 July 2018 Nowadays, some shelters promote black cat adoptions in October and use interviews to weed out anyone with the wrong intentions. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "18 Fascinating Things You Didn't Know About Halloween," 7 July 2018 Since then, Microsoft has promoted apps like its web browser Edge and the Microsoft Launcher, but left out apps like Movies & TV, which is only available on PC, Xbox, and Windows 10 Mobile browsers. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Microsoft may be making a Movies & TV app for iOS and Android," 5 July 2018 The city has constructed a beautiful network of trails slashing across the Cerbat Foothills Recreation Area but doesn’t do much to promote them. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "10 best hikes in Arizona show off state's diverse scenery," 13 July 2018 Opponents say the show normalizes a culture of recreational firearms and promotes them in a country that has more guns than residents. Phil Diehl, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Protesters to return with weekend gun show," 13 July 2018 The Western American was stocked on newsstands, and Dever promoted it with a sales contest that offered a Reo touring car valued at $1,895 as the prize. Longreads, "Oregon’s Racist Past," 12 July 2018 His solid season in Jupiter could prompt the Marlins to promote him to Double A Jacksonville later this season. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Being related to a baseball icon is something this Marlins prospect handles like a pro," 9 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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