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

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
Recent Examples on the Web However, the true beauty of this promotion reveals itself to anyone who happens to lose their initial bet. Xl Media, cleveland, 8 Aug. 2022 In this case the value would include the cost of reserving the spaces at the public parks in Goodyear and Mesa, the cost of any banners or signage and the value of the social media promotion. Richard Ruelas, The Arizona Republic, 3 Aug. 2022 But spotting one in the urban wild may soon become a rarity, because New York’s go-to guitar teacher is doing less of his vintage style of promotion and embracing a more 2022 approach. New York Times, 1 Aug. 2022 With her hair styled in a bubble ponytail, the Tennessee native looked ready to throw herself into the world of promotion once more. Adrianna Freedman, Good Housekeeping, 30 July 2022 The findings may lend new hope to Madison Avenue, which finds itself with one of its main avenues of promotion — TV advertising — reaching fewer people, while many streaming services run significantly fewer ads, and, in many cases, none at all. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 26 July 2022 Certain AirPods and Apple Watch models are also part of the promotion., 25 July 2022 Alongside the news of this promotion is the return of the property’s Global Cuisine Series after a two-year hiatus. Chelsea Davis, Forbes, 11 July 2022 In the thick of the promotion, the marketing push has led to re-fascination with Elvis Presley himself. Brittany Spanos, Rolling Stone, 27 June 2022 See More

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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 16 Aug. 2022.

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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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