promote-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: contribute to the progress, growth or success of, boost, further, advertise

I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom.
I don't like the way she is always promoting herself at the expense of others.
The company tried to promote their new sports car in Europe, but it didn't sell.
He promoted himself as a successful entrepreneur, although it wasn't true.

VerbNet: promote-102
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: promote.02
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 3

Sense Number 2: assign to a higher position, upgrade, raise

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1 PROMOTE NP2 PP{to NP[attribute]}

They promoted John to Vice President of overseas operations.
This issue has been promoted to 'urgent' on the agenda.
She promoted herself to leader of the dissident employees.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: Cause_change_of_position_on_a_scale
PropBank: promote.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 4, 5