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 promotion (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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Recent Examples on the Web In the case of school athletics, that means female and male athletes must have the same quality of and treatment in sports facilities, fundraising opportunities, promotion and marketing and more. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 May 2021 Amazon’s Prime Day dates are important in the retail industry since competitors often schedule competing sales to capitalize on the big promotion and entice shoppers to explore their offerings should Amazon’s event disappoint. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, 27 May 2021 So, are promotion and tenure processes completely fair and entirely merit-based? Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, 27 May 2021 The Fresh Finds playlist hub, centered on discovery and promotion of independent artists, is now offering even more hands-on assistance -- while also expanding to 13 new regions. Lyndsey Havens, Billboard, 26 May 2021 Shareholders on Wednesday rejected all 11 outsider proposals, including calls to disclose the risks of Amazon’s surveillance technology and antitrust liabilities, pay and promotion rates among gender and racial groups, and its plastic waste output., 26 May 2021 If the passing defense doesn't achieve that status in 2021 but does so in 2022, Clinkscale will receive the same raise and promotion for Year 3 of his contract. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, 21 May 2021 The state has not been tracking absenteeism through the pandemic, attendance measures vary by district and impacts of remote learning on discipline, graduations and promotion remains unknown. Ruth Serven Smith |, al, 18 May 2021 The authors discuss seven areas in talent management where gender discrimination can exist, such as attracting candidates, and managing compensation and promotion. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 17 May 2021

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First Known Use of promotion

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Promotion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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