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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Advocates for full legalization rubbed elbows with those who primarily promoted medical-use marijuana. Marco Santana, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Marijuana advocates promote education amidst growing legalization push," 14 July 2018 Contrast that attitude with the Cubs clubhouse, where manager Joe Maddon promotes a culture of inclusiveness in which rookies and veterans are treated the same. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Clubhouse policeman Bud Norris creating latest controversy in St. Louis," 14 July 2018 In 1965, the Canadian government established the Indigenous Art Center to preserve and promote contemporary art by indigenous people. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Unprecedented Billboard Campaign Puts Spotlight on Indigenous Artists in Canada," 13 July 2018 And then say that firefighter gets promoted up the ranks, throughout his career. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "In a tragic loop, firefighters continue to die from preventable mistakes," 13 July 2018 His charges in that case were mostly the same, with the exception of a few that include promoting prostitution, court records show. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Lured To Newington Motel By Backpage.com Ad, Victim Robbed At Knifepoint, Police Say," 13 July 2018 Some of the aims of the program are raising awareness and transforming attitudes, having options that enhance the quality of life, support caregivers and others touched by the disease and promoting meaningful participation in community life. Sara Ervin Walser, Laurel Leader, "Montpelier shindig raises repair money [South Laurel]," 12 July 2018 Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt and his family teamed up for a series of Gatorade videos promoting the importance of hydration and heat safety. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans' J.J. Watt, brothers emphasize need to hydrate," 12 July 2018 Once promoted as an aid to quit smoking, vaping has become trendy. The Economist, "Business this week," 12 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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