pro·​mot·​er | \ prə-ˈmō-tər How to pronounce promoter (audio) \

Definition of promoter

1 : one that promotes especially : one who assumes the financial responsibilities of a sporting event (such as a boxing match) including contracting with the principals, renting the site, and collecting gate receipts
2 obsolete : prosecutor
3 : a substance that in very small amounts is able to increase the activity of a catalyst
4 : a binding site in a DNA chain at which RNA polymerase binds to initiate transcription of messenger RNA by one or more nearby structural genes

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Examples of promoter in a Sentence

a promoter of greater understanding and cooperation among churches

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The second- and third-largest concert promoters are joining forces to capitalize on the growing live-events business in the Asia-Pacific region. Anne Steele, WSJ, "Concert Promoters Team Up to Tap Growing Australia-New Zealand Market," 10 Apr. 2019 The festival is the result of a partnership between concert promoter AEG, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Destination Cleveland. Troy L. Smith,, "Tickets for InCuya Music Festival go on sale Tuesday," 24 Apr. 2018 It might be closed one Friday evening for someone’s birthday party; more likely, though, there will be some sort of party organized by promoters. Carrie Hutchinson, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Venues & Places for Live Music in Melbourne," 10 Sep. 2018 The Nevada State Athletic Commission and Golovkin's promoter Tom Loeffler was notified of the positive test. Chris Chavez,, "Canelo Alvarez Tests Positive For Clenbuterol Due to Mexico Meat Contamination," 5 Mar. 2018 While Alvarez's promoters are in ongoing talks to strike a deal with Golovkin for a Sept. 15 rematch, the delay in agreeing to year-round testing is not being met well from the Golovkin side. Lance Pugmire,, "Canelo Alvarez dropped from WBC ratings over failure to resume year-round drug testing," 15 May 2018 These new methods of photorespiration use alternate sets of promoters and genes, allowing plants to achieve the same results while expending far less energy. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Tweak Photosynthesis and Boost Crop Growth by 40 Percent," 4 Jan. 2019 BitConnect soared to a market value of $2.8 billion in barely a year as thousands of investors flocked to its promise of rich returns for little risk, pushed by a global network of promoters. Dave Michaels, WSJ, "Crypto Craze Drew Them In; Fraud, in Many Cases, Emptied Their Pockets," 26 Dec. 2018 While Fred Trump helped finance the accouterments of wealth, Donald Trump, master self-promoter, spun them into a seductive narrative. Susanne Craig, The Seattle Times, "Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from father," 2 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of promoter

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of promoter

: a person or organization that organizes or provides money for a sports event, a musical performance, etc.
: a person or organization that helps something to happen, develop, or increase


pro·​mot·​er | \ -ˈmōt-ər How to pronounce promoter (audio) \

Medical Definition of promoter

1 : a substance that in very small amounts is able to increase the activity of a catalyst
2 : a binding site in a DNA chain at which RNA polymerase binds to initiate transcription of messenger RNA by one or more nearby structural genes
3 : a chemical believed to promote carcinogenicity or mutagenicity



Legal Definition of promoter

: one who alone or with others actively participates in the formation of a business or venture promoters owe a fiduciary duty to the corporation they are promoting— R. C. Clark

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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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