promote

play
verb pro·mote \prə-ˈmōt\

Definition of promote

promoted

;

promoting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to advance in station, rank, or honor :  raiseb :  to change (a pawn) into a piece in chess by moving to the eighth rankc :  to advance (a student) from one grade to the next higher grade

  3. 2a :  to contribute to the growth or prosperity of :  further promote international understandingb :  to help bring (something, such as an enterprise) into being :  launchc :  to present (merchandise) for buyer acceptance through advertising, publicity, or discounting

  4. 3 slang :  to get possession of by doubtful means or by ingenuity

promotability

play \-ˌmō-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

promotable

play \-ˈmō-tə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of promote in a Sentence

  1. He was promoted to senior editor.

  2. The army major was promoted to lieutenant colonel.

  3. The team have been promoted to the First Division.

  4. Mediators were present to promote dialogue.

  5. Good soil promotes plant growth.

  6. The school distributed pamphlets promoting good dental hygiene.

  7. The marketing department is busy promoting the new line of men's clothes for fall.

  8. The island is being promoted as a destination for romantic getaways.

Origin and Etymology of promote

Middle English, from Latin promotus, past participle of promovēre, literally, to move forward, from pro- forward + movēre to move


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of 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

PROMOTE Defined for English Language Learners

promote

play
verb pro·mote \prə-ˈmōt\

Definition of promote for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

promote

play
verb pro·mote \prə-ˈmōt\

Definition of promote for Students

promoted

;

promoting

  1. 1 :  to move up in position or rank Their daughter was promoted to the next grade.

  2. 2 :  to help (something) to grow or develop Good soil promotes plant growth.


Medical Dictionary

promote

play
transitive verb pro·mote \prə-ˈmōt\

Medical Definition of promote

promoted

;

promoting

  1. :  to cause or contribute to the growth, development, or occurrence of sugary drinks promote cavities a diet that promotes good health



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up promote? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to link together in a series or chain

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • winning-words-from-the-national-spelling-bee-logo
  • Which is the correct spelling of the winning word from 1988?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!