From Latin prōmōtus, perfect passive participle of prōmoveō (“move forward, advance”).
- (General American) IPA(key): /pɹəˈmoʊt/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /pɹəˈməʊt/
- Rhymes: -əʊt
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- Hyphenation: pro‧mote
promote (third-person singular simple present promotes, present participle promoting, simple past and past participle promoted)
- (transitive) To raise (someone) to a more important, responsible, or remunerative job or rank.
- He promoted his clerk to office manager.
- (transitive) To advocate or urge on behalf of (something or someone); to attempt to popularize or sell by means of advertising or publicity.
- They promoted the abolition of daylight saving time.
- They promoted the new film with giant billboards.
- (transitive) To encourage, urge or incite.
- 1749, [John Cleland], “(Please specify the letter or volume)”, in Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure [Fanny Hill], London: […] G. Fenton [i.e., Fenton and Ralph Griffiths] […], →OCLC:
- so that finding myself on the point of going, and loath to leave the tender partner of my joys behind me, I employed all the forwarding motions and arts my experience suggested to me, to promote his keeping me company to our journey's end.
- 2019 May 21, Israel Alves Corrêa Noletto; Sebastião Alves Teixeira Lopes, “Language and ideology: glossopoesis as a secondary narrative framework in Le Guin’s The dispossessed”, in Acta Scientiarum. Language and Culture, volume 41, number 2, →DOI:
- It appears that Le Guin is promoting a sort of self-critique on her own ideology. Interestingly, although the story does give such an impression, the problematic characteristics of the Anarresti society are far more severe than economic scarcities or isolation.
- (sports, usually in passive form) To elevate to a higher league.
- At the end of the season, three teams are promoted to the Premier League.
- (transitive, chemistry) To increase the activity of (a catalyst) by changing its surface structure.
- (transitive, chess) To exchange (a pawn) for a queen or other piece when it reaches the eighth rank.
- Having crossed the chessboard, his pawn was promoted to a queen.
- (intransitive, Singapore) To move on to a subsequent stage of education.
- At the end of Primary 6 students can promote directly to the secondary section of SIS.
raise someone to a more important, responsible, or remunerative job or rank
advocate or urge on behalf of something
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