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When promoting someone or something to a higher standing, is there a noun that can be used to describe the object of the promotion? Something equivalent to "the guy being promoted" is basically what I'm looking for. My first thought is "promotee" but that just strikes me as odd/wrong for some reason.

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Which dictionaries did you consult? merriam-webster.com/dictionary/promotee –  Unreason Aug 22 '11 at 13:21
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Dictionaries are some of the worst ways to figure out what words can and can't be used in writing or conversation. –  Jeremy Aug 22 '11 at 13:24
    
I don't much like "promotee", but here are over 2000 written instances, so one can hardly say it's "wrong" to use it. –  FumbleFingers Aug 22 '11 at 18:01
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Would the term recipient work?

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Much better fit, works excellently and sounds better in the context –  Jim Aug 22 '11 at 13:27
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The form I would use is promot*ed*.

He just got promoted. or He is a newly promoted person.

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