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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It's been nearly two years since the Fyre Festival scandal, and following the release of two documentaries about the now-infamous event, celebrities involved in the promotion of the event continue to speak out. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Addressed Her Promotional Involvement With Fyre Festival," 1 Apr. 2019 Here’s just a short PSA for people interested in buying the OnePlus 6T on T-Mobile: the carrier’s $300 trade-in promotion is ending tomorrow. Chris Welch, The Verge, "T-Mobile’s $300 trade-in deal for the OnePlus 6T ends November 8th," 7 Nov. 2018 While women and men enter the workforce in roughly equal numbers, women fall behind in promotions from the very first step onto the management ladder, the Lean In and McKinsey data show. Vanessa Fuhrmans, WSJ, "What #MeToo Has to Do With the Workplace Gender Gap," 23 Oct. 2018 Hot and iced coffees are not included in the promotion. Doreen Christensen,, "Cool off with one cent McCafe beverages at McDonald's," 9 July 2018 In a first-of-its-kind promotion, Drizzy swamped Spotify’s playlists last weekend, leaving some subscribers less than impressed. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Drake's 'Scorpion' Set to Dominate U.K. Charts," 3 July 2018 Not just in physical fitness, but in the promotion of teamwork, friendships, stretching our comfort zones, competition, and everything else. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Danny Duffy good again, Royals and 100 losses, and, oh yes, the Chiefs," 12 June 2018 Rising through the Baltimore force’s ranks since the late 1980s, De Sousa’s speedy downfall after being named commissioner early last year was a blow to Mayor Catherine Pugh and the City Council, which nearly unanimously authorized his promotion. David Mcfadden, The Seattle Times, "Ex-police boss gets 10-month prison sentence for tax fraud," 29 Mar. 2019 Through the end of October until Thanksgiving, supermarkets everywhere will be offering lots of promotions. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "10 Easy Ways to Make Your Thanksgiving Budget Friendly," 11 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of promotion

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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