pro·mot·er | \prə-ˈmō-tər \

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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Brown’s water resources department, the project’s chief overseer and promoter, has been treading a slippery log on this issue for years. George Skelton,, "What do Southern Californians really get out of Gov. Jerry Brown's twin tunnels project?," 12 July 2018 Any promoter and venue owner who wants to stay in business will book its own property first. Chris Jones,, "Why restore the Uptown Theatre at all? It's savvy, and plus there's a better reason," 5 July 2018 The 37-year old was the vocalist of a heavy metal band and claimed to be the founder and promoter of @ΨWorldMusicStudiosΨ and the goth-metal band, The Paranormal, according to the Denver Post. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Man who wore clown makeup with bladed gloves found guilty in deadly Colorado stabbing," 28 June 2018 The platform will also incorporate built in controls that allow artists and promoters to manage restrictions on the resale of tickets. Richard Smirke, Billboard, "AXS Launches 'Game-Changer' Ticketing Solution Taking On Secondary Market," 26 June 2018 The track and promoters could be motivated to find a race to replace the loss of the second of two Cup Series races. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "6 tracks that could replace Phoenix on IndyCar schedule in 2019," 23 June 2018 Privately sharing information has become de rigueur for police, private security companies and concert and festivals promoters. George Varga,, "Security way up at outdoor San Diego concerts in wake of 2017 Las Vegas music festival massacre," 2 June 2018 Of the 58 dates, ten will take place at stadiums, a rarity for both bands and a sign of how confident promoter Live Nation (lyv, +0.72%) is in the tour’s prospects. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Def Leppard and Journey Announce Massive Tour Proving Arena Rock Is Far From Dead," 19 Jan. 2018 Waterfront Park was packed for the 15th edition of the festival, and promoter Ashley Capp said at a press conference that a record-setting crowd of 75,000 is expected for the weekend. Jeffrey Lee Puckett, The Courier-Journal, "Miss Day 1 of Forecastle? No worries, here are 5 things you missed!," 14 July 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 \

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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