verb pro·mote \ prə-ˈmōt \
|Updated on: 7 Aug 2018

Definition of promote

promoted; promoting
1 a : 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
2 a : 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


play \prə-ˌmō-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun


play \prə-ˈmō-tə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of promote in a Sentence

  1. He was promoted to senior editor.

  2. The army major was promoted to lieutenant colonel.

  3. The team have been promoted to the First Division.

  4. Mediators were present to promote dialogue.

  5. Good soil promotes plant growth.

  6. The school distributed pamphlets promoting good dental hygiene.

  7. The marketing department is busy promoting the new line of men's clothes for fall.

  8. The island is being promoted as a destination for romantic getaways.

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Origin and Etymology of promote

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

Synonym Discussion of 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

PROMOTE Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of promote for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids


verb pro·mote \ prə-ˈmōt \

Definition of promote for Students

promoted; promoting
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.

Medical Dictionary


transitive verb pro·mote \ prə-ˈmōt \

medical Definition of promote

promoted; promoting
: 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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