ad·​vance·​ment | \ əd-ˈvan(t)-smənt How to pronounce advancement (audio) \
plural advancements

Definition of advancement

1 : the action of advancing : the state of being advanced:
a : promotion or elevation to a higher rank or position
b : progression to a higher stage of development
2 : an improved feature : improvement
3 medical : surgical detachment of a muscle or tendon from its insertion followed by reattachment at a more advanced point from its insertion Best results are obtained by simple excision and meticulous repair or advancement of the triceps tendon to the olecranon.— Panayiotis J. Papagelopoulos et al.

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Examples of advancement in a Sentence

A motor inside the camera is used for advancement of the film. She contributed greatly to the advancement of the new organization. working for the advancement of learning The program supports economic advancement in rural areas. This new method is a great advancement over past techniques. The job offers many opportunities for professional advancement. He is being considered for advancement. a series of rapid career advancements
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Recent Examples on the Web However, recent policy proposals at the federal level are threatening the advancement of a sustainable plastics economy. Baker Institute, Forbes, "Smart Policy And Innovative Technologies, Like Advanced Recycling, Will Deliver On Climate And Sustainability Goals," 19 Apr. 2021 But there is hope, Izsrael believes, and that starts with fighting negative glorifications in mainstream hip-hop with rap that promotes positivity, unity and the advancement of Black life. Andre Toran, The Courier-Journal, "How this positive Black radio station plans to promote sociopolitical change in Louisville," 14 Apr. 2021 The Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Massachusetts supports the advancement of both climate policy and housing production., "Should cities and towns adopt the future net zero stretch energy code?," 9 Apr. 2021 An article on Monday about the advancement of Gonzaga and U.C.L.A. to the round of 8 in the N.C.A.A. Men’s basketball tournament misstated Alabama’s performance from the free-throw line in its loss to U.C.L.A. New York Times, "Corrections: March 30, 2021," 30 Mar. 2021 Indeed, 2021 promises to be one of the most significant years ever for the advancement of UFO disclosure—and that follows a year in which the U.S. Navy officially released three videos that show UFOs are genuine. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Government Reports Say UFOs Broke Sound Barrier Without Sonic Boom," 22 Mar. 2021 Indiana Black Expo advocates and creates opportunities for the social and economic advancement of Black Hoosiers. Holly V. Hays, The Indianapolis Star, "African American Legacy Fund, IndyStar award $150K to groups serving Black and brown youth," 22 Mar. 2021 Rebecca Van Bergen is the founder of Nest, a nonprofit organization focused on the social and economic advancement of homeworkers and artisans. T+l Editors, Travel + Leisure, "Global Vision Awards 2021: How We Chose the Panel and Honorees," 18 Mar. 2021 Named one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful Women, Claire Wasserman is an educator, author, and founder of Ladies Get Paid, a book, organization, and global community that champions the professional and financial advancement of women. Claire Wasserman, NBC News, "How the founder of Ladies Get Paid handled the question 'whose wife are you?' at a networking event," 10 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of advancement

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for advancement

alteration (after advance entry 1) of Middle English avauncement, borrowed from Anglo-French avancement, from avancer "to advance entry 1" + -ment -ment

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The first known use of advancement was in the 15th century

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8 May 2021

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“Advancement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of advancement

: the act of moving forward
: the act or result of making something better, more successful, etc.
: the act of being raised to a higher rank or position


ad·​vance·​ment | \ əd-ˈvan-smənt How to pronounce advancement (audio) \

Kids Definition of advancement

1 : the action of moving forward in position or progress : the state of being moved forward in position or progress the advancement of science
2 : the act of raising to a higher rank or position : the result of being raised to a higher rank or position He deserves his advancement in the company.


ad·​vance·​ment | \ əd-ˈvan(t)-smənt How to pronounce advancement (audio) \

Medical Definition of advancement

: detachment of a muscle or tendon from its insertion and reattachment (as in the surgical correction of strabismus) at a more advanced point from its insertion flexor tendon advancement

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Legal Definition of advancement

: something given in advance specifically : money or property given as a gift by a living person (as by a parent to a child) with the intention that the amount the recipient inherits under the law from the person's estate will be reduced proportionately — compare ademption

Note: The Uniform Probate Code requires written evidence that the gift was intended to be an advancement. A person who gives a gift that is not intended as an advancement cannot later change it to an advancement. A gift given as an advancement can, however, be changed into an outright gift.

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