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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Heidi, immersed in her work, is grateful to her chief supervisor, Colin Belfast (Bobby Cannavale in top form), a fast-talking, ambitious promoter, for giving her this job, her first as a therapist. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘Homecoming’ Review: For Those Who Served," 1 Nov. 2018 The promoters, who stood by their word to not scream the appearance over loudspeakers, were thrilled with the appearance. Michael Sangiacomo,, "Bendis speaks, via Skype, at Philly comic con (video)," 1 May 2018 About 17 years ago, Juan Mamani, a wrestling promoter, was looking for a gimmick to draw in audiences and figured women going at it in traditional clothing would be as good as his other attraction: dwarves. New York Times, "Place 9 of 52: The Paradox of the Women of La Paz," 17 Apr. 2018 State Fair Park officials noted that NASCAR and IndyCar are in a transition period and race promoters have to come up with at least $1 million for sanctioning fees. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "State Fair Park plans study of Milwaukee Mile racetrack, tightens contract records," 1 June 2018 The problem: Dance party promoters would come to Terre Haute from elsewhere, rent out an empty building and then charge admission to the events, which had what police said was little to no supervision. Dwight Adams, Indianapolis Star, "'Footloose', Kevin Bacon jokes abound over Terre Haute dance ordinance," 28 Apr. 2018 But no state routes cross the Albemarle Sound on the northeastern coast, a rural region that tourism promoters call the Inner Banks. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Ferries carry hordes to Outer Banks. A UNC prof thinks it’s the Inner Banks’ turn. | Charlotte Observer," 14 Mar. 2018 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

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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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