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 actor—who is friends with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and attended their wedding last May with his wife, Amal—defended the new royal at a panel while promoting his new Hulu show, Catch-22. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "George Clooney Says Meghan Markle Is Being "Chased" Like Princess Diana Was," 12 Feb. 2019 Racist comments about Meghan highlight how the internet can promote the amplification of society’s ugliest side while letting people to spread hate and prejudice anonymously. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "How the Internet’s Obsession with the Royal Family Turned Toxic," 10 Feb. 2019 Get active: Daily physical activity at least several hours before bed can promote better sleep later on. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "What You Need to Know About OTC Sleep Aids, According to Neurologists," 30 Jan. 2019 This positioning—engaged lats, shoulder pulled down—is an important part of good posture, which is why doing this move can both improve your shoulder stability and promote good posture. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Why You Should Try the Kettlebell Windmill Exercise, According to Blake Lively’s Trainer," 9 Jan. 2019 In the meantime, Bredesen, the UCLA neurology professor, has been touring around the country, promoting his program through his best-selling book, The End of Alzheimer’s, and giving lectures at scientific conferences and talks to community groups. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 But even if Hilton has decided to refuel the fire, Lohan remains far away on a beach in Mykonos, Greece, where the star has been busy promoting her new beach club and lounge, Club Lohan. Fox News, "Paris Hilton calls old friend Lindsay Lohan 'pathological liar' after resurfaced video appears on Instagram," 2 Oct. 2018 Aggressive mulching blade: Maxpower’s blade has increased surface area and a design that promotes a centrifugal air pattern to increase mulching action. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "Do I Need To Change My Lawnmower Blades?," 22 Jan. 2019 However, Six4Three’s recent court filings show that its lawyers are also involved in a second lawsuit brought by a different company—one that promoted breast cancer awareness, among other apps—that levies very similar allegations against Facebook. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Bikini app maker draws another disgruntled developer to its Facebook fight," 7 Dec. 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
British : 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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