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
Recent Examples on the Web Neither the venue nor the promoters announced ticket prices. Ross Raihala, Twin Cities, "Journey and the Pretenders booked to play St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center in June," 31 Oct. 2019 The concerts were the first time the Eagles performed the album in its entirety and featured 77 musicians on stage, including a 46-piece orchestra and a 22-person choir, the promoter said. John Wenzel, The Know, "The Eagles will perform “Hotel California” with an orchestra at the Pepsi Center next year," 22 Oct. 2019 The promoter said Day's death was a call to action to make boxing a safer sport for athletes. Doha Madani, NBC News, "Boxer Patrick Day dies at age 27 after suffering brain injury during match," 16 Oct. 2019 Lutsenko’s account is controversial since he is believed to have been one of the original promoters behind the unsubstantiated allegations against Biden. Los Angeles Times, "Former Ukraine prosecutor says he saw no evidence of wrongdoing by Biden," 29 Sep. 2019 More Stories The film picks up Garland’s story in the late 1960s after her disastrous divorce from the promoter Mark Herron, which, combined with her previous split from the producer Sidney Luft (Rufus Sewell), left her nearly penniless. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Renée Zellweger’s Performance Is the Best Part of Judy," 26 Sep. 2019 The promoter knew about this before the permit was issued, some 10 days before the event, Crabtree said in an email. Thy Vo, The Mercury News, "Rolling Stones’ team blasts Santa Clara for ‘restrictive and dysfunctional’ rules at Levi’s," 11 Sep. 2019 The record was championed by the late Cleveland promoter Steve Popovich, who willed it into a multiplatinum, global smash by tirelessly working the phones and hassling radio stations to play it. Andrea Simakis,, "‘Bat Out of Hell — The Musical’ in New York is a gloriously messy, over-the-top fever dream of fun," 30 Aug. 2019 The concert promoter said the incident is just the latest indignity he's faced as a successful black homeowner. Christi Scott, CNN, "Must-watch videos of the week," 30 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of promoter

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Nov 2019

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The first known use of promoter was in the 14th century

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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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