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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Recent Examples on the Web

In an effort to promote its highly useful tools, the Archive points to a study conducted by the Wikimedia Foundation in concert with researchers from Standard and France's EPFL. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Millions of Old, Broken Wikipedia Links Have Been Brought Back to Life," 2 Oct. 2018 So Bunny decided to promote from within and keep the name going. Steven Stolman, ELLE Decor, "How Elizabeth Swartz Rose From Intern to Partner at Bunny Williams," 14 Aug. 2018 Taoist Tai Chi is a slow and gentle series of movements to promote well-being for all ages and health conditions. Mary Lou Cruz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Davie area events July 18-28," 14 July 2018 To promote the capsule, Opening Ceremony asked photographer Salvatore Caputo to shoot in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. Aubri Juhasz, The Cut, "Burberry’s Latest Collab Is Full of Cool Kids in Rainbow Check," 13 July 2018 The move underscores how the Trump administration has sidelined science to promote energy development. Zack Colman, Scientific American, "A Trump Oil Boom Could Transform This Rocky Mountain Landscape," 13 July 2018 President Trump criticized coverage of the controversy and said the US wants to promote access to formula. Rebecca Beitsch, The Christian Science Monitor, "All US states now allow breastfeeding in public," 13 July 2018 The county is willing to step up to facilitate the changes that are necessary to promote the public health and well-being of Sativa customers. Ruben Vives, latimes.com, "Agency that delivered brown, smelly water to customers should be dissolved, board rules," 12 July 2018 David Beckham was in attendance to promote the project. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "David Beckham’s saw first-hand the mixed emotions about his proposed Miami MLS plan," 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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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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