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 Efforts will be centered on helping people get a first job, finding careers after high school or college, then career advancement. NBC News, "NBA Foundation created, pledges $300 million to Black growth," 6 Aug. 2020 Efforts will be centered on helping people get a first job, finding careers after high school or college, then career advancement. Tim Reynolds, Star Tribune, "NBA Foundation created, pledges $300 million to Black growth," 5 Aug. 2020 By tying career advancement to the publishing of papers, academia already creates incentives for scientists to do attention-grabbing but irreproducible work. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "How the Pandemic Defeated America," 3 Aug. 2020 In an interview, senior program officer Caira Woods said the YWCA made clear that poverty was structurally designed into the city’s geography a century ago, making economic advancement and opportunity all but impossible. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "Ayala: In a time of change, YWCA San Antonio takes on challenge to reverse misconceptions about the poor," 27 June 2020 Already, the worst among us are hard at work exploiting our national agony for brand building and political advancement. Kevin Baker, Harper's Magazine, "Things to Come," 23 June 2020 This moment requires honest self-examination and making room and advancement opportunities for qualified black colleagues. Karen Yuan, Fortune, "Black employees say performative allyship is rampant in the office," 19 June 2020 The court in Houston, for example, is building a reputation with bankrupt energy companies -- a hot spot in the current downturn -- and using technological advancement like allowing lawyers to broadcast presentations in real time. Steven Church, Bloomberg.com, "Delaware Is Losing Its Luster as the Best Place to Go Broke," 15 June 2020 Head coaches and general managers must work to truly develop assistants of color (the majority of them being former players) and position them for real and advancement rather than typecasting them and stunting their growth. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Roger Goodell's 'We, the NFL' statement was good. But owners' actions will matter more.," 6 June 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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11 Aug 2020

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“Advancement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/advancement. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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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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