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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It was also meant to encourage manufacturers to push for greater advancements in that technology. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Tesla will be the first automaker to lose the federal tax credit for electric cars," 12 July 2018 But 26 years later, after advancements in DNA technology, he was convicted for the murder. Jeff Truesdell,, "Killer Clergy: Men of the Cloth Who Murdered Their Congregants," 10 July 2018 The market is changing at a fast pace, driven by advancements in technology, and the younger generations who are pushing for innovation and growth. Liz Bentley /, NBC News, "Find your greatness this summer," 28 June 2018 At the heart of advancements in virtual care technology is increased access, especially for residents in rural communities. Hannah Holzer, sacbee, "The doctor will see you now – online. Virtual house calls offered widely in Sacramento region," 22 June 2018 Flash forward to the present, and thanks to advancements in technology, a new bounty of hair lightening products is landing on store shelves, claiming to lighten your hair up a few shades without any effort. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "We Tried the 2018 Takes on Hair Lighteners, and Here Are Our Honest Thoughts," 7 June 2018 The Pentagon says the number of missing US service members identified worldwide has been rising in recent years, thanks largely to advancements in forensic science. Mike Ives,, "A World War II mystery is solved, and emotions flood in," 28 May 2018 The Pentagon says the number of missing United States service members identified worldwide has been rising in recent years, thanks largely to advancements in forensic science. Mike Ives, New York Times, "A World War II Mystery Is Solved, and Emotions Flood In," 28 May 2018 In just one generation, public awareness about the virus has diminished — partially due to advancements in medical technology, but also because of neglect of the communities that continue to struggle with the disease. Paris Jackson, Teen Vogue, "How Paris Jackson Wants You to Help In the Fight Against HIV/AIDS," 10 Apr. 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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