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 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
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Recent Examples on the Web De ingeneis was dedicated to Emperor Sigismund of Hungary, who spent much of 1432 in Siena negotiating his promotion to Holy Roman Emperor. Jessica Riskin, The New York Review of Books, "When Engineers Were Humanists," 23 Feb. 2021 The ship's captain, who pleaded for faster action to protect his crew from the rapidly spreading virus, was fired and the one-star admiral on the ship had his promotion delayed. Lolita C. Baldor,, "Three sailors have COVID on US ship that saw outbreak last year," 15 Feb. 2021 Although Asian American and openly gay, Ngo’s political leanings did not mesh with his school’s and hometown’s progressive bent or their promotion of social justice causes. oregonlive, "How Portland’s Andy Ngo turned his war with ‘antifa’ into a dubious, best-selling book," 13 Feb. 2021 Seltzer notes that his promotion comes amid UMG’s continued expansion into multiple business segments. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "UMG Promotes Michael Seltzer to EVP of Business & Legal Affairs," 10 Feb. 2021 In 2019, McIngvale bet about $13 million on the Astros to beat the Nationals in the World Series as a way to hedge against his in-store promotion. Matt Young, Chron, "'Mattress Mack' wins $3.46 million on Super Bowl bet," 7 Feb. 2021 The job of taping over the VHS usually fell to Rex Kalamian, a Monterey Park native in his late 20s who handled the team’s video duties, even after his promotion to coach Bill Fitch’s staff of assistants. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, "Remembering Kobe: The 1996 pre-draft workout nobody believed," 25 Jan. 2021 His 23-7 record for the Dodgers’ Class A and Double A minor-league teams in 1965 led to his promotion to the major leagues the next season. New York Times, "Don Sutton, Hall of Fame Right-Hander, Is Dead at 75," 19 Jan. 2021 Leeds, so impressive after its promotion, had the better of the early openings before Steven Bergwijn was tripped by Ezgjan Alioski and Harry Kane made no mistake from the penalty spot to give Tottenham the lead. Paul Gittings, CNN, "Premier League stars condemned for Covid lockdown breach," 2 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of promotion

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Feb 2021

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“Promotion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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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