- 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
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- 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 promotable
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.