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

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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 The campaign will promote the responsible reopening of Cleveland’s tourism and hospitality industry, along with an effort to enlist locals in the effort. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "Destination Cleveland starting to think about how to pitch travel again; residents will be key," 25 May 2020 An anti-malaria drug promoted by the president may be harmful when taken to treat the virus. New York Times, "Hydroxychloroquine May Harm Virus Patients, Study Shows," 22 May 2020 The Alliance Française de Milwaukee is a nonprofit founded in 1918 to promote, share and enjoy the culture, language and friendship of the French-speaking world. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Which potato salad will show up at your picnic? There's a world of variations," 22 May 2020 On Thursday, the fashion and beauty mogul promoted her SKIMS Summer Mesh collection by posting a behind-the-scenes photo of herself wearing a nude bodysuit from the line teamed up lace-up stilettos. Hanna Flanagan, PEOPLE.com, "Kim Kardashian Is Now Exercising in a Bikini: See Her Wild 'Quarantine Workout' Photos," 22 May 2020 County health departments can promote the program and encourage local providers to sign up, but individual county governments do not play a formal role in the program. Alison Steinbach, azcentral, "Arizona says its testing blitz has been a success. But counties have had uneven results," 22 May 2020 Prompted at least in part by McCray’s article, the government took a new interest in promoting Japanese culture, and not just the traditional forms such as Noh drama, tea ceremony, and ikebana (flower arranging), but new stuff too. Marc Bain, Quartz, "How Japan’s global image morphed from military empire to eccentric pop-culture superpower," 21 May 2020 During its early years in India, the brand was promoted by Hollywood star Pierce Brosnan, with James Bond-themed ad campaigns. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "A 180-year old cloth brand with a Bond and Bachchan connection shuts shop in India," 21 May 2020 Learning to properly use iron sights promotes better positioning and other fundamental shooting skills, and is something every shooter should eventually learn. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, "Teach a New Hunter to Shoot a Rifle More Accurately with a Red-Dot Scope," 21 May 2020

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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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28 May 2020

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“Promote.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/promote. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for promote

promote

verb
How to pronounce promote (audio)

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.
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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