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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Other Words from promotion

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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For Scotland’s 3-2 home win over Israel — a promotion decider billed as the host nation’s biggest game in a decade — Hampden Park was less than half full. James Ellingworth, The Seattle Times, "UEFA Nations League a hit as positivity replaces skepticism," 21 Nov. 2018 Most customers expect crowds and long lines with a promotion like this. Monica Rodriguez, Fortune, "Build-A-Bear Workshop's 'Pay Your Age' Deal Canceled Amid Chaos," 12 July 2018 Debbie, in addition to channelling some of her anger into her bouts as Liberty Belle, redirects her energy toward her professional ambitions, negotiating a raise and a promotion to producer. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Love Story of Debbie and Ruth," 10 July 2018 Going after a 94-year-old former President’s promotion of volunteerism. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump’s confusion about Bush’s slogan illustrates his narrow view of the presidency," 9 July 2018 Jared Green, owner of Richmond Avenue Tattoo, has a similar promotion going on, too. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Throwing your skin into the wind: Houston tattoo shop plays with fate and a tattoo dartboard," 3 July 2018 Culver's: There's not a nationwide promotion, but some locations offer specials to military members. Kelly Tyko, ajc, "Oorah! Where active military, vets can save on Independence Day," 1 July 2018 But his latest surprise visit was more than just a promotion for his newest film. Rebecca Bratek, CBS News, ""Jurassic World" star Chris Pratt surprises charity screening benefitting kids with cancer," 26 June 2018 Deals, interviews, promotions, club membership, dating. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Anything Good Takes Exactly Five Meetings," 18 Nov. 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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