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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Recent Examples on the Web Rewards, personalized offers and special promotions are just part of Kroger's app. Ethan May, Indianapolis Star, "3 ways technology can make your Thanksgiving grocery shopping easier," 25 Nov. 2019 Just in time for the holidays, Highland Homes is offering a Season’s Savings promotion. Houston Chronicle, "Highland Homes highlights move-in ready homes in Veranda," 23 Nov. 2019 When to buy Experts suggest waiting until the end of the month, quarter or year to snatch a promising promotion as dealerships try to meet sales quotas. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, "Is Black Friday a good time to buy a car? You'll likely get cheaper financing in 2019," 22 Nov. 2019 There was a time last season when Lawson Crouse was rewarded with a promotion to the Coyotes’ top line, a golden opportunity to play alongside Clayton Keller and Alex Galchenyuk. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Lawson Crouse might help Phil Kessel get going with Arizona Coyotes," 21 Nov. 2019 The Black workers in the department felt that on the basis of seniority and job experience, one of them should have been given the job, which represented a promotion from the labor gang. Jay Caspian Kang, The New Yorker, "Noel Ignatiev’s Long Fight Against “Whiteness”," 15 Nov. 2019 Notably, the plan is a limited-time promotion available to the first 100,000 new Qobuz subscribers and existing users who sign up. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Hi-Res Streamer Qobuz Ditches MP3-Quality Music Entirely," 8 Nov. 2019 Taco Bell has given away free tacos for the last seven years of the Steal a Base, Steal a Taco promotion after a base has been stolen in the fall classic. Doreen Christensen,, "Free taco at Taco Bell today after stolen base in World Series," 30 Oct. 2019 Heads up: Spotify held a similar promotion last year. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "Spotify Is Giving Away Free Google Home Minis — Here's How to Get One Before They Run Out," 24 Oct. 2019

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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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29 Nov 2019

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“Promotion.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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