Meaning of “promotion” in the English Dictionary

"promotion" in British English

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promotionnoun

uk /prəˈməʊ.ʃən/ us /prəˈmoʊ.ʃən/

promotion noun (ENCOURAGE)

B2 [ C or U ] activities to advertise something:

a sales promotion
There was a promotion in the supermarket and they were giving away free glasses of wine.
Obviously as sales manager he'll be very involved in the promotion and marketing of the product.

C1 [ U ] the act of encouraging something to happen or develop:

the promotion of a healthy lifestyle

More examples

  • the promotion of increased ecological awareness
  • a spring sales promotion

promotion noun (RAISE)

B2 [ C or U ] the act of raising someone to a higher or more important position or rank:

Did Steve get/Was Steve given the promotion he wanted?
The job offers excellent promotion prospects.

[ U, C or U ] mainly UK If a sports team wins promotion, it moves to a higher division at the end of the season:

River Plate's win last night has considerably increased their chances of promotion this season.

More examples

  • Her resignation has improved my chances of promotion.
  • If you really want the promotion, you'll have to be more assertive.

(Definition of “promotion” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"promotion" in American English

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promotionnoun [ C/U ]

us /prəˈmoʊ·ʃən/

promotion noun [ C/U ] (ADVANCE)

the advancement of someone to a more important rank or position:

[ C/U ] She’s been recommended for a promotion.

promotion noun [ C/U ] (ADVERTISEMENT)

(Definition of “promotion” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"promotion" in Business English

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promotionnoun

uk /prəˈməʊʃən/ us

[ C or U ] HR, WORKPLACE the process or fact of giving someone a higher or more important job:

Employees worry that saying 'no' to the boss decreases their chances of advancement and promotion.
get/receive a promotion Does working longer hours increase your chances of getting a promotion?
She was recommended for promotion by her manager.
The study showed that obese employees were repeatedly passed over for promotion.
He was seen by management as a troublemaker rather than a candidate for promotion.

[ C or U ] also product promotion MARKETING an advertisement, event, or other activity used to advertise a product or service, or the use of these advertisements, events, etc.:

The supermarket has said it will extend the promotion for another week.
The chain chose to concentrate very heavily on in-store promotions.
We do product promotions using text messages.
Heavy promotion of the country as a tourist destination has brought significant growth in the industry.
promotions [ U ]

MARKETING the activity of advertising products and services, or a department of a company that does this work:

She found a dream job as director of publicity and promotions for a record company in St. Paul.
His book can help your company decide how many dollars should be spent in promotions.

[ U ] the activity of encouraging something to happen or develop:

the promotion of sth These legislative developments will contribute to the promotion of foreign investment.
Direct government promotion played a primary role in the development of e-commerce.
He worked in a trade promotion unit in the federal Commerce Department.

(Definition of “promotion” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)