- to help or encourage to exist or flourish; further: to promote world peace.
- to advance in rank, dignity, position, etc. (opposed to demote).
- Education. to put ahead to the next higher stage or grade of a course or series of classes.
- to aid in organizing (business undertakings).
- to encourage the sales, acceptance, etc., of (a product), especially through advertising or other publicity.
- Informal. to obtain (something) by cunning or trickery; wangle.
Origin of promote
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for promote
She wrote for LIFE magazine and would go on Johnny Carson to promote her books.Meghan Daum On Tackling The Unspeakable Parts Of Life
December 6, 2014
Another chilling recipe for injustice and resentment by closing down the open society you seek to promote.To Stop ISIS, Britain Is Set to Stop Free Speech
November 25, 2014
When it appears it is largely used to chastise transsexuals and to promote celibacy.Intersexuality and God Through the Ages
November 9, 2014
We try to support activities that promote education and public participation about the Lincoln story.What Lincoln Could Teach Fox News
November 6, 2014
Her parents rebutted the accusations through homemade (though highly produced) videos which promote her exhibitions.The Tiniest Jackson Pollock
November 5, 2014
We will then talk over your plans, for I suppose you have some, and I will do what I can to promote them.Brave and Bold
A thorough examination should be regularly made, and I will promote it.
What must we think of any one of it, who would not promote the good of the whole?Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
I certainly did do all in my power to promote Mr. Templeton's interests.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
They were well built and reliable, so that the trade was pleased to stock and promote them.The Auburndale Watch Company
Edwin A. Battison
- to further or encourage the progress or existence of
- to raise to a higher rank, status, degree, etc
- to advance (a pupil or student) to a higher course, class, etc
- to urge the adoption of; work forto promote reform
- to encourage the sale of (a product) by advertising or securing financial support
- chess to exchange (a pawn) for any piece other than a king when the pawn reaches the 8th rank
Word Origin and History for promote
late 14c., "to advance (someone) to a higher grade or office," from Old French promoter and directly from Latin promotus, past participle of promovere "move forward, advance; cause to advance, push onward; bring to light, reveal," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + movere "to move" (see move (v.)). General sense of "to further the growth or progress of (anything)" is from 1510s. Related: Promoted; promoting.