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

Performers from Rock City Dance of Middleburg Heights were on hand to promote various forms of dance. cleveland.com, "Arts in Strongsville’s ‘Day at the Chalet’ remains popular after 20 years," 17 Sep. 2019 And there is no shortage of Apple bloggers and streamers whose work helps promote the company’s products. Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, "What Apple Risks By Doing Momentous Events Without Momentous News," 16 Sep. 2019 The Post-a-Nut program is a postal service begun 28 years ago to promote tourism and later expanded to help bulk up business so the tiny post office wouldn’t lose status or staff. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Mail carrier delivers an unusual object to San Diego Opera," 16 Sep. 2019 To promote this vision of divine oneness and social equality, Guru Nanak created institutions and religious practices. Simran Jeet Singh, The Conversation, "Why Sikhs wear a turban and what it means to practice the faith in the United States," 13 Sep. 2019 Lee was a volunteer consultant for Fangliao township to help promote its international affairs and often traveled to the mainland, Chen said. Washington Post, "China holding Taiwanese man said to have photographed police," 12 Sep. 2019 The new regulations, if implemented effectively, could help promote the recovery of many species by getting the incentives right — putting species not just on a federal list, but on a path to recovery. Shawn Regan, National Review, "The New Endangered-Species Regulations Are Good for Species," 12 Sep. 2019 But Gatos & Beans takes the concept one step further by including a cat adoption center, run by Kitty Kat Haven, in order to help promote adoptions for cats in need of a home. Birmingham Magazine, al, "Birmingham Food News: New coffee shops, downtown restaurants," 12 Sep. 2019 The new organization has created a website, www.ourstoriesourhealth.org, to serve as a repository for Minnesotans’ stories to help promote progressive health policies. Bill Salisbury, Twin Cities, "Former DFL lawmaker Erin Murphy starts health care advocacy group," 10 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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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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