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promotion (n.)

c. 1400, promocioun, "advancement in rank, honor, or position," from Old French promocion "election, promotion" (14c., Modern French promotion) and directly from Latin promotionem (nominative promotio) "advancement, a moving forward," noun of action from past-participle stem of promovere "move forward, advance" (see promote).

From early 15c. as "advancement of a cause; assistance, help, support, encouragement." The meaning "advertising, publicity" first recorded 1925.

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Definitions of promotion from WordNet

promotion (n.)
act of raising in rank or position;
promotion (n.)
encouragement of the progress or growth or acceptance of something;
promotion (n.)
the advancement of some enterprise;
Synonyms: forwarding / furtherance
promotion (n.)
a message issued in behalf of some product or cause or idea or person or institution;
Synonyms: promo / publicity / promotional material / packaging
From wordnet.princeton.edu