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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 Move.] [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 2. To exalt in station, rank, or honor; to elevate; to raise; to prefer; to advance; as, to promote an officer. [1913 Webster] I will promote thee unto very great honor. --Num. xxii. 17. [1913 Webster] Exalt her, and she shall promote thee. --Prov. iv. 18. [1913 Webster] Syn: To forward; advance; further; patronize; help; exalt; prefer; elevate; dignify. [1913 Webster]