transitive verb (promoted; promoting) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin promotus, past participle of promovēre, literally, to move forward, from pro- forward + movēre to move Date: 14th century 1. a. to advance in station, rank, or honor ; raise b. to change (a pawn) into a piece in chess by moving to the eighth rank c. to advance (a student) from one grade to the next higher grade 2. a. to contribute to the growth or prosperity of ; further <
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b. to help bring (as an enterprise) into being ; launch c. to present (merchandise) for buyer acceptance through advertising, publicity, or discounting 3. slang to get possession of by doubtful means or by ingenuity Synonyms: see advancepromotability nounpromotable adjective

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