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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Manchester United Women probably would have preferred to avoid facing both the reigning champions and the double domestic cup winners in their first ever Women’s Super League games after achieving promotion from the Women’s Championship., "​Man Utd Women Can Take Serious Positives From Start to WSL Season Despite 2 Defeats," 17 Sep. 2019 The popular promotion's sequel came this month, when Bud Light sold the fridges in a pop-up store in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood for two days. Marc Bona,, "Pepsi ‘Believeland’ bottles to mark Browns’ Sunday Night Football appearance," 17 Sep. 2019 Booster-seat recycling is not included in the promotion. Jen Juneau,, "Walmart Offers Customers Gift Cards in Exchange for Recycling Car Seats — How to Trade Yours In," 16 Sep. 2019 Ramos, 19, hit .306 with a .885 OPS at High-A before earning an August promotion to Double-A Richmond. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Cardinals’ Flaherty edges out Giants’ Rodríguez in matchup of 2018’s top rookie pitchers," 3 Sep. 2019 The program has a 93 percent retention rate, and more than 75 percent of the participants have earned promotions. Staff, USA TODAY, "Maribel Perez Wadsworth Wins the 2019 Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership," 27 Aug. 2019 This activity is part of Fairmont Grand Del Mar’s Summer at the Grand promotion that invites guests to receive their third night for free. Danielle Bauter, Orange County Register, "Escape to the glamorous life at Fairmont Grand Del Mar," 27 Aug. 2019 The promotion will run Tuesday, August 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at a KFC outlet in Smyrna, Georgia. Sarah Min, CBS News, "KFC to test Beyond Meat's plant-based chicken this week in Georgia store," 26 Aug. 2019 After the explicit content promotion was noticed, Twitch quickly reverted Ninja's page the standard archival mode, as normal. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Twitch backtracks after accidentally showing porn on Ninja’s old page," 12 Aug. 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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