ad·​vance·​ment | \əd-ˈvan(t)-smənt \
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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Synonyms & Antonyms for advancement


advance, breakthrough, enhancement, improvement, refinement



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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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Today, those born without privilege face daunting barriers to wealth and advancement. Heather Souvaine Horn, The New Republic, "Donald Trump, Meghan Markle, and America’s enduring obsession with the British royals," 12 July 2018 Equipped with sensors, horizontal drilling runs parallel to formations containing oil and natural gas, an advancement that is often three to five times more productive than traditional vertical drilling. Rob Nikolewski,, "California's ranking as an oil-producing state is slipping," 12 July 2018 Where Smith had created space for Black humanity and advancement, Young held a differing view of Black people and viewed race relations through a lens of white superiority. Mica Mcgriggs, Teen Vogue, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Celebrated the 40-Year Anniversary of the Lifted Ban Against Black Members," 11 July 2018 England and Croatia are teams that innovated over time but have generally been immutable during the World Cup, sticking to virtually identical starting lineups except for group phase finales, after advancement was secure. Ronald Blum,, "England ready to change the tune of its soccer history," 11 July 2018 But professional advancement comes with a moral clause. Jason Parham, WIRED, "Sorry to Bother You: A Dizzying Satire That Hungers for Truth," 7 July 2018 Sweden produced their best performance of the tournament so far, beating Mexico 3-0 to win the group and seal advancement to the knockouts., "World Cup Preview: Sweden vs England - Recent Form, Previous Encounters, Predictions & More," 6 July 2018 Mina scored twice in three games for Colombia in the group stage, including the goal which beat Senegal and secured advancement. James Ellingworth, The Seattle Times, "James could return to play for Colombia against England," 2 July 2018 According to NBC News last Friday, Pyongyang continues to improve its nuclear program, even though President Donald Trump believes it’s reversing those advancements. Alex Ward, Vox, "Let’s just say it looks like North Korea is lying about giving up its nukes.," 2 July 2018

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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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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 \

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 \

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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