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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What exactly that means in terms of total attendance is difficult to say, since KAABOO’s promoters have — since the event’s debut here in 2015 — declined to release any figures. San Diego Union-Tribune, "KAABOO back in the swim with second consecutive sell-out," 13 Sep. 2019 The Denver office of the national promoter stopped including pricing information in its pre-sale press releases in recent months, citing the changing nature of ticket sales and fluctuating prices. John Wenzel, The Know, "Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer are coming to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in 2020," 10 Sep. 2019 The show was scheduled to go on — with extra security resources — until one of the promoters told the sheriff's office it would be canceled. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "Beast Coast concert in Sterling Heights canceled due to shooting threat," 12 Aug. 2019 Raiders Report John Graham of On Ice Entertainment, the game’s promoter, said he had been told Wednesday the field had been approved for play by both the NFL and NFL Players’ Association. Matt Kawahara,, "Raiders beat Packers on 80-yard field in Winnipeg," 22 Aug. 2019 The teams apparently approved the field yesterday, per the game’s promoter, On Ice Management. Michael Nowels, The Denver Post, "Raiders, Packers playing on 80-yard field due to Winnipeg turf issues," 22 Aug. 2019 More than 450 victims are suing the owners of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, where Stephen Paddock opened fire into the crowd; the promoters of the country music festival; and Paddock’s estate. Melissa Chan, Time, "Just About Everyone But the Gun Maker Gets Sued After a Mass Shooting," 20 Aug. 2019 Joshua’s promoter has struck a deal to stage the rematch in Saudi Arabia. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Boxing is dead and the sport has only its internal politics to blame," 14 Aug. 2019 Putting profits ahead of politics, Anthony Joshua’s promoter dismisses concerns over the boxer’s decision to fight in the kingdom. Washington Post, "AP Interview: Human rights no concern for Joshua’s promoter," 13 Aug. 2019

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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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