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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Matt Welch from Star Local Media was the first to report the news of Cremer’s promotion. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "Rick Cremer is promoted from assistant to head baseball coach at Plano," 7 July 2020 Reid's promotion to helm a nightly newscast on a major network comes as the media industry reckons with the lack of diversity in many newsrooms. Kerry Flynn, CNN, "MSNBC's Joy Reid to host new evening newscast 'The ReidOut'," 9 July 2020 Trump’s allies at the White House asked Pentagon officials to find instances of misconduct that would justify blocking Vindman’s promotion, administration officials said Wednesday., "Army officer who clashed with Trump over impeachment set to retire," 9 July 2020 Alexander Vindman is not denied a promotion by the White House in retribution for his testimony during last year’s House impeachment hearings. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "As Biden eyes her for possible VP, Tammy Duckworth emerges as Trump’s chief antagonist on military issues," 8 July 2020 The unexpected plastic card wasn't a scam or a special promotion, as some thought. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "As talk builds for second stimulus, questions remain about first payout," 8 July 2020 Long-term prevention and health promotion cannot simply be left to health care providers or health care systems. Shubham Singhal, Fortune, "Good health is good business. Here’s why.," 8 July 2020 Ole Miss then offered him a promotion to try and keep him. Matt Zenitz |, al, "Anonymous coach survey: Who are the SEC’s top rising star assistant coaches?," 8 July 2020 Intel's 10th generation of desktop CPUs has proven more performant than most of the industry originally expected, given Intel's lackluster promotion. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "AMD’s Ryzen 3000XT CPU refresh is here—benchmarks inside," 7 July 2020

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First Known Use of promotion

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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31 Jul 2020

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“Promotion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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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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