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From Latin prōmōtus, perfect passive participle of prōmoveō (move forward, advance).



promote (third-person singular simple present promotes, present participle promoting, simple past and past participle promoted)

  1. (transitive) To raise (someone) to a more important, responsible, or remunerative job or rank.
    He promoted his clerk to office manager.
    Having crossed the chessboard, his pawn was promoted to a queen.
  2. (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.
  3. (transitive) To encourage, urge or incite.
    • 1749, John Cleland, Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, Part 5
      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
  4. (sports, usually in passive form) To elevate to the above league.
    At the end of the season, three teams are promoted to the Premier League.
  5. (transitive, chemistry) To increase the activity of (a catalyst) by changing its surface structure.
  6. (transitive, chess) To exchange (a pawn) for a queen or other piece when it reaches the eighth rank.
  7. (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.


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  1. vocative masculine singular of prōmōtus