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[pruh-moh-shuh n] /prəˈmoʊ ʃən/
advancement in rank or position.
furtherance or encouragement.
the act of promoting.
the state of being promoted.
something devised to publicize or advertise a product, cause, institution, etc., as a brochure, free sample, poster, television or radio commercial, or personal appearance.
Also called queening. Chess. the replacement of a pawn that has reached the enemy's first rank by a more powerful piece of the same color, usually a queen.
Origin of promotion
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Late Latin prōmōtiōn- (stem of prōmōtiō). See promote, -ion
Related forms
promotional, adjective
nonpromotion, noun
prepromotion, noun
self-promotion, noun
unpromotional, adjective Unabridged
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  • He came back here leading Battery B. His promotion was due to distinguished service performed while abroad.

  • May He pardon all that is defective in these pages, and bless them to the promotion of His glory.

  • Her aunt kissed her, and said Gertie was a good, clever girl; Bulpert declared the promotion well earned.

    Love at Paddington W. Pett Ridge
  • Was it then to announce to me my promotion you came to my quarters?

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • To him might come sweet visions of promotion in the life that is and artistic apotheosis in a glad hereafter.

Word Origin and History for promotion

c.1400, "advancement in rank or position," from Old French promocion "election, promotion" (14c., Modern French promotion) and directly from Latin promotionem (nominative promotio) "a moving forward," noun of action from past participle stem of promovere (see promote). Meaning "advertising, publicity" first recorded 1925.

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promotion in Medicine

promotion pro·mo·tion (prə-mō'shən)
The stimulation of the progress or growth of a tumor following initiation by a promoter.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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mexican promotion

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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