advancement

noun
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 Still, Friday's action is considered a significant win for both legalization advocates and the advancement of the legal cannabis industry. Alicia Wallace, CNN, "House passes landmark cannabis bill, but legal weed isn't around the corner," 4 Dec. 2020 The Department on the Status of Women was established in 1994 to ensure equitable treatment and foster the advancement of the women and girls in San Francisco through programs, policy recommendations and legislation. Vanessa Arredondo, SFChronicle.com, "Breed taps Kimberly Ellis to lead Department on the Status of Women," 24 Nov. 2020 Each pose specific barriers to quality medical care and good health and hinder the advancement of health equity, the group wrote. Nada Hassanein, USA TODAY, "American Medical Association, the nation's largest group of doctors, deems racism a 'public health threat'," 24 Nov. 2020 Jim Burch, president of the nonpartisan National Police Foundation, which supports the advancement and reform of policing through science and innovation, said the election proved that voters want fundamental changes in public safety. Aaron Morrison, The Christian Science Monitor, "Ballot results: Groundswell support for criminal justice reform," 23 Nov. 2020 Jim Burch, president of the nonpartisan National Police Foundation, which supports the advancement and reform of policing through science and innovation, said the election proved that voters want fundamental changes in public safety. Aaron Morrison, Star Tribune, "Criminal justice reformers cheer multiple election victories," 21 Nov. 2020 Edsel’s son Henry Ford II took over in 1943, expanding the foundation’s purview internationally with a focus on the advancement of democracy, and later, as chairman of the board, oversaw the move of the foundation’s headquarters to New York City. Elisa Lipsky-karasz, WSJ, "How Darren Walker and the Ford Foundation Reinvented Philanthropy for the Pandemic," 17 Nov. 2020 Yet organizations that are supposed to promote the advancement of young women and girls apparently believe that her personal religious faith and conservative beliefs disqualify her from being a role model to women. Erin Hawley, National Review, "Even the Girl Scouts Abandon Justice Barrett," 29 Oct. 2020 The advancement of Archbishop Gregory comes after calls for racial justice have increased, shifting the focus and conversation about race in the U.S. Mckay Bolden, CBS News, "Pope Francis appoints first Black American cardinal," 26 Oct. 2020

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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 Jan 2021

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“Advancement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/advancement. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for advancement

advancement

noun
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

advancement

noun
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.

advancement

noun
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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advancement

noun
ad·​vance·​ment

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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