promote

verb
pro·​mote | \ prə-ˈmōt How to pronounce promote (audio) \
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 How to pronounce promotability (audio) \ noun
promotable \ prə-​ˈmō-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce promotable (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web

June is LGBTQ+ Pride month and many fashion retailers and brands are using their platforms to promote the message of inclusivity with limited-edition collections. James Love, Essence, "Happy Pride Month! Celebrate Love And Inclusivity With These Fire Collaborations," 7 June 2019 The hallmarks include commitment to community service and promoting justice and peace. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "East Catholic High School graduates another generation," 7 June 2019 And should Amazon be legally allowed to use her face to promote its brand? Sean Hollister, The Verge, "Amazon is using video of suspected thieves to help promote its doorbell camera brand," 6 June 2019 That event will be used to promote a two-day stunt riding festival planned to start Aug. 16 at the Cleveland Municipal Parking Lot. Robert Higgs, cleveland.com, "Cleveland strategy for curbing illegal dirt bike riders involves series of summer events, developing professional-grade track," 5 June 2019 Wireman, 34, of Lake Station, was sentenced to two years in prison for two counts of using an interstate facility to promote prostitution in August. Craig Lyons, Post-Tribune, "Judge: Sentencing can proceed for woman guilty of human trafficking," 4 June 2019 The European Union has already fined Google three times over competition issues, including a $5 billion fine for using the dominance of Android to promote the use of Google's search engine on mobile devices. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Facebook, Google stocks fall on imminent antitrust probes," 3 June 2019 Her graduate work focused on the use of prenatal exercise to promote cardiometabolic health in women diagnosed with, or at risk for, gestational diabetes. Get-fit Guy Brock Armstrong, Scientific American, "How Much Should You Exercise while Pregnant?," 25 May 2019 Since then, McFadden has continued to use her voice to promote equality for people with disabilities. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "17-Time Paralympic Medalist Tatyana McFadden on Fighting for the Rights of Athletes With Disabilities," 14 May 2019

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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 How to pronounce promote (audio) \
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 How to pronounce promote (audio) \
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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