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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Baby is part of PAGO’s sweet senior promotion, so her adoption fee is waived. Kathleen Christiansen,, "Adopt a Pet: Baby from Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando," 16 Sep. 2019 Alvarez isn’t the only Golden Boy fighter who has taken his issues with De La Hoya and the promotion public on social media. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Oscar De La Hoya strikes back at perception his fighters are sparring with him," 16 Sep. 2019 The 2017 tax filing of the biennial, a nonprofit organization, shows a budget of more than $1 million for advertising and promotion. Blair Kamin,, "Column: Can you trust journalists on a junket? Chicago’s architecture biennial pays travel expenses of some who cover it.," 16 Sep. 2019 Every pothole in the sidewalk could be fatal, every extra stair a promotion from cane to wheelchair. Diane Grosklaus Whitty, Harper's magazine, "Senior Portrait," 16 Sep. 2019 South Carolina quarterback Ryan Hilinski began the season as the backup, but received a field promotion when Jake Bentley went down for the season. Joseph Goodman, al, "Muschamp not ready for Tua; Jalen goes to Hollywood," 12 Sep. 2019 Even so, Bolduc believes his outspokenness cost him a promotion, leading to his retirement from the Army in 2017. John J. Miller, National Review, "Don Bolduc’s New Hampshire Senate Campaign," 12 Sep. 2019 After the 2010 law was passed, Italy began to regulate academic recruitment and promotion using indicators such as citation counts. Giorgia Guglielmi, Science | AAAS, "Clubby and ‘disturbing’ citation behavior by researchers in Italy has surged," 11 Sep. 2019 Not simply because of its demographics — as a hot spot for millennials, the city is heavy on Lyft and Uber’s favored demo — but also as a testing ground for new services, programs and promotions. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, "Uber and Lyft have made Denver a testing ground," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of promotion

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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