Synonyms & Antonyms of promote

1 to move higher in rank or position
  • the navy promoted her to captain for her record of outstanding performance

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3 to look after or assist the growth of by labor and care
  • spends all her time now promoting her new business

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4 to provide publicity for
  • promoting a new line of toys based on the popular movie

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Frequently Asked Questions About promote

How does the verb promote contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of promote are advance, forward, and further. While all these words mean "to help (someone or something) to move ahead," promote suggests an encouraging or fostering and may denote an increase in status or rank.

a campaign to promote better health

When might advance be a better fit than promote?

Although the words advance and promote have much in common, advance stresses effective assisting in hastening a process or bringing about a desired end.

advance the cause of peace

When is it sensible to use forward instead of promote?

While the synonyms forward and promote are close in meaning, forward implies an impetus forcing something ahead.

a wage increase would forward productivity

When would further be a good substitute for promote?

The synonyms further and promote are sometimes interchangeable, but further suggests a removing of obstacles in the way of a desired advance.

used the marriage to further his career

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The first known use of promote was in the 14th century

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“Promote.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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