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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The money raised gives us the ability to expand our critical services and programs, including job placement and training services, career advancement, one-on-one case coordination and more, to deserving veterans and their families – all at no cost. Coast Magazine, Orange County Register, "Golfers deliver for Goodwill of Orange County’s veterans event," 8 July 2019 This first link to Somerset opens a brand new corridor of connectivity that includes countless opportunities for jobs, telemedicine, advancements in education, and much more. Alfred Miller, The Courier-Journal, "KentuckyWired project overcomes squirrels to complete long-delayed initial phase," 28 June 2019 There are many ways towards advancement, and not all of them take the form of a straight line. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Walter Van Beirendonck Teams Up with House of Liza and FarFetch to Sell Special Archive Pieces," 21 June 2019 Others tied metal barricades together to ward off any potential police advancement, and some pulled bricks up from the road to use as potential projectiles. Bloomberg News, The Mercury News, "Tear gas envelops Hong Kong as protesters flood the streets," 12 June 2019 Alejandra Valera, director of advancement for Alcuin, said ISACS visitors noticed the cooperation between faculty and staff across grade levels. Rachel K. Hindery,, "Montessori school in Oak Park earns new accreditation," 4 June 2019 The document reflects advancements in understanding of white sturgeon and changes that have taken place over the past two decades to help the fish rebound. USA TODAY, "Robot hostesses, veggie booze, ‘civil death’: News from around our 50 states," 4 July 2019 Investigators have been reexamining ballistic and DNA evidence for potential new leads in the cold case amid advancements in forensics technology. Colleen Shalby,, "Police reopen 20-year-old cold case investigation of Anaheim teenager’s death," 2 July 2019 Recent advancements in next-generation sequencing techniques allow for billions of DNA sequences to be read easily and simultaneously. Sang Yup Lee, Scientific American, "DNA Data Storage Is Closer Than You Think," 1 July 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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21 Jul 2019

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The first known use of advancement was in the 15th century

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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 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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