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 But there are other advancements besides raw velocity. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, "The Best New Crossbows of the 2020 Archery Trade Show," 13 Jan. 2020 White and others say the key to advancements lies with improving energy conversion efficiency—the degree to which a panel converts energy from sunlight directly into electricity. Nathanial Gronewold, Scientific American, "This Material Could Squeeze More Energy from Solar Panels," 13 Jan. 2020 California and Texas textbooks sometimes offer different explanations for white backlash to black advancement after the Civil War, from Reconstruction to housing discrimination in the 20th century. New York Times, "Two States. Eight Textbooks. Two American Stories.," 12 Jan. 2020 Recent advancements allow for toilets to use even less water than what is the current federal standard, according to the EPA, which also promotes the water-saving abilities of newer showerheads and faucets online. NBC News, "Flushing '10 times': What's really behind Trump's tirades about toilets," 12 Jan. 2020 The safety board said Chao’s department failed to lead in regulating the new technology and put autonomous vehicle advancement ahead of saving lives. Tom Krisher,, "New autonomous vehicle plan lets industry regulate itself," 9 Jan. 2020 The challenge will be to turn the advancements into something that businesses can use. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "My Predictions For Artificial Intelligence in 2020," 7 Jan. 2020 But Jenson never stopped working on further advancements. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "A Louisville professor who helped develop the HPV vaccine has died at 80," 3 Jan. 2020 The data revealed that after having children, parents – especially mothers – generally have a worse experience than their colleagues in arenas including inclusivity and opportunities for advancement at their organizations. Ed Frauenheim, Fortune, "How the Best Workplaces Are Winning Over Employees With Parental Benefits," 14 Nov. 2019

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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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20 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Advancement.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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How to pronounce advancement (audio)

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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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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