promote

verb
pro·​mote | \ prə-ˈmōt How to pronounce promote (audio) \
promoted; promoting

Definition of promote

transitive verb

1a : to advance in station, rank, or honor : raise
b : to change (a pawn) into a piece in chess by moving to the eighth rank
c : to advance (a student) from one grade to the next higher grade
2a : to contribute to the growth or prosperity of : further promote international understanding
b : to help bring (something, such as an enterprise) into being : launch
c : to present (merchandise) for buyer acceptance through advertising, publicity, or discounting
3 slang : to get possession of by doubtful means or by ingenuity

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Other Words from promote

promotability \ prə-​ˌmō-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce promotability (audio) \ noun
promotable \ prə-​ˈmō-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce promotable (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for promote

Synonyms

advance, elevate, raise, upgrade

Antonyms

abase, degrade, demote, downgrade, lower, reduce

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advance, promote, forward, further mean to help (someone or something) to move ahead. advance stresses effective assisting in hastening a process or bringing about a desired end. advance the cause of peace promote suggests an encouraging or fostering and may denote an increase in status or rank. a campaign to promote better health forward implies an impetus forcing something ahead. a wage increase would forward productivity further suggests a removing of obstacles in the way of a desired advance. used the marriage to further his career

Examples of promote in a Sentence

He was promoted to senior editor. The army major was promoted to lieutenant colonel. The team have been promoted to the First Division. Mediators were present to promote dialogue. Good soil promotes plant growth. The school distributed pamphlets promoting good dental hygiene. The marketing department is busy promoting the new line of men's clothes for fall. The island is being promoted as a destination for romantic getaways.
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Recent Examples on the Web

In July, Rivera defended his support for the president after The Daily Beast published a lengthy, critical story accusing the former player of using his starpower to promote Trump's agenda. David Nakamura, courant.com, "Rejected by sports teams, Trump finds a new method to handpick athletes for White House ceremonies," 17 Sep. 2019 Purdue is being sued in various courts over using allegedly deceptive marketing practices to promote its prescription painkiller OxyContin. Sanya Mansoor, Time, "Purdue Pharma Responds to Wave of Opioids Litigation by Filing for Bankruptcy. What Happens Now?," 17 Sep. 2019 Indeed, a 2018 report from McKinsey and Company found that women are less likely to be promoted than male counterparts. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "Here’s How We Can Achieve More Gender Parity in Business," 17 Sep. 2019 Hair discrimination is prevalent, and that’s why World Afro Day (WAD), a holiday that aims to promote education and appreciation for afro hair across the globe is essential. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "13 Breathtaking Photos Of Models Rocking Afros At NYFW," 16 Sep. 2019 For Cho, the push for the name change is part of his vision of using his business to promote diversity and inclusion. Mallory Moench, SFChronicle.com, "Alice Waters says Gourmet Ghetto name should go: ‘I have never liked it’," 16 Sep. 2019 Meghan has clearly been interested in publishing lately, editing the September issue of British Vogue and using her platform to promote the voices of outstanding women. Bianca Betancourt, Teen Vogue, "Meghan Markle Reportedly Renewed a Trademark for Her Lifestyle Blog "The Tig"," 16 Sep. 2019 In July, Rivera defended his support for the president after The Daily Beast published a lengthy, critical story accusing the former player of using his star power to promote Trump’s agenda. chicagotribune.com, "Rejected by sports teams, Trump finds a new method to handpick athletes for White House ceremonies," 16 Sep. 2019 But many critics — ranging from climate-change deniers to people who argue for a less radical approach to fighting climate change — said Mayor Bill de Blasio was using school attendance policy to promote a political aim. Anne Barnard, New York Times, "Climate Strike N.Y.C.: 1.1 Million Can Skip School for Protest," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of promote

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for promote

Middle English, from Latin promotus, past participle of promovēre, literally, to move forward, from pro- forward + movēre to move

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

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More Definitions for promote

promote

verb

English Language Learners Definition of promote

: to change the rank or position of (someone) to a higher or more important one
British : to move (a sports team) to a higher position in a league
: to help (something) happen, develop, or increase

promote

verb
pro·​mote | \ prə-ˈmōt How to pronounce promote (audio) \
promoted; promoting

Kids Definition of promote

1 : to move up in position or rank Their daughter was promoted to the next grade.
2 : to help (something) to grow or develop Good soil promotes plant growth.

promote

transitive verb
pro·​mote | \ prə-ˈmōt How to pronounce promote (audio) \
promoted; promoting

Medical Definition of promote

: to cause or contribute to the growth, development, or occurrence of sugary drinks promote cavities a diet that promotes good health

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