advancement

noun
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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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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Thanks to advancements in staining and stamping, your concrete doesn't even have to look like concrete—it can even be stained brown and stamped to look like wood. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "This Is How Much An Average Concrete Project Will Cost You," 25 Jan. 2019 And, finally, there have been advancements in early detection techniques with several forms of cancer that are being used more widely, Dr. Lichtenfeld says. Korin Miller, SELF, "Cancer Deaths Have Declined 27 Percent in 25 Years, But Not Everyone Is Seeing the Same Benefit," 8 Jan. 2019 The findings were made possible by recent advancements in scientific drilling. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Vast Ecosystem of Underground Organisms Holds More Life Than Earth's Oceans," 11 Dec. 2018 Over the past century and a half or so, the humble automobile has seen a million advancements: fuel injection, radial-ply tires, self-driving technology, cupholders. Blake Z. Rong, Popular Mechanics, "10 Innovations That Made the Modern Car," 4 Dec. 2018 The organization is expanding corporate partnerships in both those areas, and developing a Girl Scout Network Page on LinkedIn to support career advancement for former Girl Scouts. David Crary, The Christian Science Monitor, "Boy Scouts program to change name as girls join ranks," 2 May 2018 The organization is expanding corporate partnerships in both those areas, and developing a Girl Scout Network Page on LinkedIn to support career advancement for former Girl Scouts. David Crary, Cincinnati.com, "With girls joining the ranks, Boy Scouts plan a name change," 2 May 2018 The organization is expanding corporate partnerships in both those areas, and developing a Girl Scout Network Page on LinkedIn to support career advancement for former Girl Scouts. NBC News, "'Boy' Scouts announce name change as girls join ranks," 2 May 2018 But this element was an advancement of de la Peña’s work. Ryan Bradley, WSJ, "How Nonny de la Peña, the “Godmother of VR,” Is Changing the Mediascape," 3 Nov. 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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advancement

noun

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 \

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 \

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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