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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Why not have a 10-team league with the other teams battling it out for promotion? San Diego Union-Tribune, "Five easy ways to make your fantasy football league better," 1 Sep. 2019 But Santa Monica police had to put the kibosh on a promotion for 30-cents-per-gallon gas that ended up snarling traffic for several hours. Julia Wickstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Essential California Week in Review: California sues Trump over ‘public charge’ rule," 17 Aug. 2019 Ride-hail customers, and to a lesser extent drivers, have feasted for years on promotions designed to make trips less expensive or, in the case of drivers, boost their net pay. Alison Griswold, Quartz, "Uber’s earnings were even worse than investors feared," 9 Aug. 2019 And all signs point to Spurs guard Derrick White being one of the youngsters in line for a promotion. Tom Orsborn,, "Signs point to Team USA promotion for Spurs’ Derrick White," 8 Aug. 2019 Brown's Ford dealership gained unwanted national attention in late June for a promotion offering a gun, a flag and a Bible with every car purchase. Trisha Powell Crain |,, "Rural charter school stokes religious fears, roils community in Alabama," 21 July 2019 Having an audio feature that celebrates one of the biggest plays in Bearcats football history is just a very good twist on a very tired promotion. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's Morning Line: It's big-boy baseball season and it's OK to wonder what if, Reds fans," 16 July 2019 The tactic, Mulally said at the time, was meant to foster candor and collaboration in place of competition and jockeying for promotion — and improve quality., "FREE PRESS INVESTIGATION: OUT OF GEAR Ford knew Focus, Fiesta models had flawed transmission, sold them anyway," 11 July 2019 Cameron, 22, was thought to be closing in on a promotion after his solid performance in spring training. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' September won't be the prospect showcase once hoped for," 5 July 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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