Promote Pro*mote", v. i. To urge on or incite another, as to strife; also, to inform against a person. [Obs.], 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.] 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. xxii. 17. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee. --Prov. iv. 18. Syn: To forward; advance; further; patronize; help; exalt; prefer; elevate; dignify.