AskDefine | Define promote

Dictionary Definition



1 contribute to the progress or growth of; "I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom" [syn: advance, boost, further, encourage]
2 give a promotion to or assign to a higher position; "John was kicked upstairs when a replacement was hired"; "Women tend not to advance in the major law firms"; "I got promoted after many years of hard work" [syn: upgrade, advance, kick upstairs, raise, elevate] [ant: demote]
3 make publicity for; try to sell (a product); "The salesman is aggressively pushing the new computer model"; "The company is heavily advertizing their new laptops" [syn: advertise, advertize, push]
4 be changed for a superior chess or checker piece
5 change a pawn for a king by advancing it to the eighth row, or change a checker piece for a more valuable piece by moving it the row closest to your opponent

User Contributed Dictionary



from promotus, past participle of promovere ("to move forward")



  1. To raise someone to a more important, responsible or better paid job or rank
    He promoted his chief clerk to a position on the board.
  2. To advocate or urge the adoption of something
    They promoted the abolition of daylight saving time.
  3. To attempt to popularize or sell a product by advertising or publicity
    They promoted the new film with giant billboards.



to raise someone to a more important, responsible or better paid job or rank
to advocate or urge the adoption of something
to attempt to popularize or sell a product by advertising or publicity

Extensive Definition

Promotion may mean:
promote in German: Promotion
promote in Spanish: Promoción
promote in French: Promotion
promote in Italian: Promozione (disambigua)
promote in Dutch: Promotie
promote in Japanese: プロモーション
promote in Polish: Promocja
promote in Slovenian: Promocija

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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