verb pro·mote \prə-ˈmōt\

: to change the rank or position of (someone) to a higher or more important one

: to move (a sports team) to a higher position in a league

: to help (something) happen, develop, or increase


Full Definition of PROMOTE

transitive verb
a :  to advance in station, rank, or honor :  raise
b :  to change (a pawn) into a piece in chess by moving to the eighth rank
c :  to advance (a student) from one grade to the next higher grade
a :  to contribute to the growth or prosperity of :  further <promote international understanding>
b :  to help bring (as an enterprise) into being :  launch
c :  to present (merchandise) for buyer acceptance through advertising, publicity, or discounting
slang :  to get possession of by doubtful means or by ingenuity
pro·mot·abil·i·ty \-ˌmō-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
pro·mot·able \-ˈmō-tə-bəl\ adjective

Origin of PROMOTE

Middle English, from Latin promotus, past participle of promovēre, literally, to move forward, from pro- forward + movēre to move
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of PROMOTE

advance, promote, forward, further mean to help (someone or something) to move ahead. advance stresses effective assisting in hastening a process or bringing about a desired end <advance the cause of peace>. promote suggests an encouraging or fostering and may denote an increase in status or rank <a campaign to promote better health>. forward implies an impetus forcing something ahead <a wage increase would forward productivity>. further suggests a removing of obstacles in the way of a desired advance <used the marriage to further his career>.

Other Business Terms

amortize, caveat emptor, clearinghouse, divest, due diligence, emolument, green-collar, marque, overhead, perquisite
PROMOTE Defined for Kids


verb pro·mote \prə-ˈmōt\

Definition of PROMOTE for Kids

:  to move up in position or rank <Their daughter was promoted to the next grade.>
:  to help (something) to grow or develop <Good soil promotes plant growth.>
Medical Dictionary


transitive verb pro·mote \prə-ˈmōt\

Medical Definition of PROMOTE

:  to cause or contribute to the growth, development, or occurrence of <sugary drinks promote cavities> <a diet that promotes good health>


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