pro·​mo·​tion | \ prə-ˈmō-shən How to pronounce promotion (audio) \

Definition of promotion

1 : the act or fact of being raised in position or rank : preferment
2 : the act of furthering the growth or development of something especially : the furtherance of the acceptance and sale of merchandise through advertising, publicity, or discounting

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Other Words from promotion

promotional \ prə-​ˈmō-​shnəl How to pronounce promotional (audio) , prə-​ˈmō-​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of promotion in a Sentence

There was little chance for promotion within the company. She was given a well-deserved promotion. The company is offering a special promotion to increase sales. the promotion of better relations between neighboring countries
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The promotions offer a chance to sample new places or rediscover old favorites at tempting prices. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "Dine Downtown deals return to San Jose from July 19-28," 8 July 2019 Inequity between the men's and women's World Cup had been stark since before this year's tournament started, focused on the prize money and scheduling, but also on the promotion of the event. Anne M. Peterson, Houston Chronicle, "Megan Rapinoe slams FIFA over scheduling, prize money gap," 7 July 2019 Julia Herz, director of the association's craft beer program, said in announcing the promotion. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Having a Fourth of July beer? Make your choice from this list of the best US beers," 3 July 2019 Recommendations included strengthening hate speech policies around national origin, enforcing a stricter ban on the promotion of white supremacy and removing an exemption that had allowed humorous posts that contained offensive content. Ariana Tobin, ProPublica, "Civil Rights Groups Have Been Warning Facebook About Hate Speech In Secret Groups For Years," 2 July 2019 From a reduction in prices of household items to promotion of skills-training and entrepreneurship among women to lower taxes on cosmetic products, women have their hopes pinned on her to bring about change for them. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "This budget, mothers have high hopes from India’s female finance minister," 1 July 2019 What bogged us down was the costly sociology experiment, built on a fiction that never had public support, that our own liberty and security hinges on the promotion of freedom in the Muslim-majority countries where jihadism thrives. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "For Regime Change in Iran," 29 June 2019 The dealership has averaged about one sale a day after the promotion was announced. The Washington Post,, "Ford to Alabama dealership: No Bible, flag, gun deals," 27 June 2019 Ward said the store’s three salesmen were overwhelmed by the response to the original promotion and was getting inquiries from other states. Fox News, "Ford asks dealer to end free shotgun promotion after fatal shooting at California store," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of promotion

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of promotion was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of promotion

: the act of moving someone to a higher or more important position or rank in an organization
British : the act of moving a sports team to a higher position in a league
: something (such as advertising) that is done to make people aware of something and increase its sales or popularity


pro·​mo·​tion | \ prə-ˈmō-shən How to pronounce promotion (audio) \

Kids Definition of promotion

1 : the act of moving up in position or rank She earned a promotion to captain.
2 : the act of helping something happen, develop, or increase promotion of business

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