The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Promote \Pro*mote"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Promoted; p. pr. &
vb. n. Promoting.] [L. promotus, p. p. of promovere to move
forward, to promote; pro forward + movere to move. See
1. To contribute to the growth, enlargement, or prosperity of
(any process or thing that is in course); to forward; to
further; to encourage; to advance; to excite; as, to
promote learning; to promote disorder; to promote a
business venture. "Born to promote all truth." --Milton.
2. To exalt in station, rank, or honor; to elevate; to raise;
to prefer; to advance; as, to promote an officer.
I will promote thee unto very great honor. --Num.
Exalt her, and she shall promote thee. --Prov. iv.
Syn: To forward; advance; further; patronize; help; exalt;
prefer; elevate; dignify.