1 to further or encourage the progress or existence of
2 to raise to a higher rank, status, degree, etc.
3 to advance (a pupil or student) to a higher course, class, etc.
4 to urge the adoption of; work for
to promote reform
5 to encourage the sale of (a product) by advertising or securing financial support
6 (Chess) to exchange (a pawn) for any piece other than a king when the pawn reaches the 8th rank
(C14: from Latin promovere to push onwards, from pro-1 + movere to move)
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