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 Back in 1936, oilman and sports promoter J. Curtis Sanford journeyed to the West Coast to watch SMU play Stanford in the Rose Bowl and wondered why Dallas couldn’t have a game like that. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "How this Texas version of the Rose Bowl came to be and what it means for DFW’s chances to host a national title game again," 24 Dec. 2020 So now, free from ties to a particular promoter, Alvarez can negotiate with everyone. John Whisler,, "Canelo Alvarez faces tall order in fight vs. Callum Smith," 18 Dec. 2020 The first-term House member, who hails from a top oil- and gas-producing state, has pledged to transform the department from a champion of fossil fuel development into a promoter of renewable energy and policies to mitigate climate change. Anchorage Daily News, "Biden picks Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico to be first Native American interior secretary," 17 Dec. 2020 Instead, the agency says Bond paid a third-party promoter to stage the event at the Harvard Faculty Club using a fake Harvard insignia. CBS News, "RagingBull stock-trading site accused of $137 million fraud," 8 Dec. 2020 Watts, 35, grew up in London and is the daughter of Tessa Watts, a noted music promoter and video producer who worked with the likes of Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Phil Collins and Beyonce. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "Mike Tyson's return to the boxing ring was guided by two powerhouse women: Kiki Tyson and Sophie Watts," 5 Dec. 2020 Sidney Powell, a lawyer on President Trump’s election legal team who represented the former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn, has been a major source and promoter of viral conspiracy theories about vote switching. Linda Qiu, New York Times, "How Sidney Powell inaccurately cited Venezuela’s elections as evidence of U.S. fraud.," 19 Nov. 2020 Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican candidate and promoter of the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory, was elected in Georgia. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "Who won in the US election so far," 4 Nov. 2020 Murphy and whatever promoter ends up booking that first show certainly don’t need my help. Matt Wake |, al, "10 bands perfect for Huntsville Amphitheater’s first concert," 27 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of promoter

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 Jan 2021

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“Promoter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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