[pruh-moh-shuh n]


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

1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin prōmōtiōn- (stem of prōmōtiō). See promote, -ion
Related formspro·mo·tion·al, adjectivenon·pro·mo·tion, nounpre·pro·mo·tion, nounself-pro·mo·tion, nounun·pro·mo·tion·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of promotion

  • The authorities here have recommended him for promotion to the rank of Major.


    Scian Dubh

  • To do as you advise would be to change all the rules set down for promotion.

  • It would have alarmed his superiors, and done away with his chances of promotion.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • He was not in the line of promotion, and probably left the navy at the peace.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • All his promotion had come from trying to excel in his routine work.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

promotion in Medicine




The stimulation of the progress or growth of a tumor following initiation by a promoter.
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