pro·mo·tion | \ prə-ˈmō-shən \

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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promotional \prə-ˈmō-shnəl, 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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But beneath the attention-getting promotion there was plenty of substance, as illustrated by his multiple collaborations with Celia Cruz and future salsa superstar Rubén Blades. James Porter, Chicago Reader, "Iconic Trombonist Willie Colón brings his Nuyorican sounds to Millennium Park," 12 July 2018 Lines wrapped around the first floor of the mall during the promotion. Megan Jones, Aurora Beacon-News, "Moms protest after security guard confronted mother who was breastfeeding at Fox Valley Mall," 15 July 2018 The monthly cost per line for five lines will now be $22 for its top-tier unlimited plan, up from $20 under the previous promotion. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, "Cellphone Bills Go Up for First Time in Nearly Two Years," 13 July 2018 The promotion was called off and many guests were sent home without a bear. Elissa Robinson, Detroit Free Press, "Chuck E. Cheese offers 'pay your age' day: What to know," 13 July 2018 Many shops, though, have stopped the promotion all together. Kristen Balderas,, "How Philly tattoo shops are changing the traditional Friday the 13th special," 12 July 2018 The promotion will feature all the things that have become synonymous with life as a millennial: stagnant wages, a rising cost of living and crushing debt. Dan Gartland,, "Montgomery Biscuits Plan ‘Millennial Night’ With Avocados and Selfies," 12 July 2018 Of course, in keeping with the day's theme, the promotion runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at your local 7-Eleven. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "7-Eleven Free Slurpee Day Is Here Again," 11 July 2018 Neither company had updates on those projects to go along with the announcement, but obviously Alphabet is happy with the pace of the work, given the promotions within. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Alphabet ‘graduates’ Loon and Wing from moonshots to full, independent businesses," 11 July 2018

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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

: 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 \

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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