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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During the Reconstruction era, burgeoning manufacturers benefited from cheap labor, which only increased with the completion of the Southern Railway by the late 19th century, an advancement that also enabled for easy export of the region's products. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "A Tiny North Carolina Town You've Never Heard of Makes Most of America's Furniture," 27 Mar. 2019 Hyde-Smith’s advancement to the runoff is the end of another story, too: one of the strangest intra-GOP feuds in the country. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Cindy Hyde-Smith and Mike Espy advance to Mississippi Senate runoff election," 7 Nov. 2018 Argentina was handily beaten by Croatia 3-0, a loss that makes advancement very difficult with only one group match remaining. Stephen Wade, chicagotribune.com, "Argentina on brink of elimination from World Cup after 3-0 loss to Croatia," 21 June 2018 As with self-parking cars, the system is enabled by advancements in steering technology. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Self-Docking Boats Are Coming Soon," 15 Mar. 2019 At first, open office plans were heralded as some kind of advancement, nobly spearheaded by start-ups. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Wait, Is Your Open Office Plan Good or Bad?," 21 Aug. 2018 Supercomputing is one step in China’s rapid rise in technology, stirring concerns in America about the country’s grand plan and tactics — and the potential economic and geopolitical implications of those advancements. Steve Lohr, New York Times, "China Extends Lead as Most Prolific Supercomputer Maker," 25 June 2018 Supercomputing is one step in China’s rapid rise in technology, stirring concerns in America about the country’s grand plan and tactics — and the potential economic and geopolitical implications of those advancements. Steve Lohr, The Seattle Times, "China extends its lead as most prolific supercomputer maker," 25 June 2018 One of the biggest advancements inspired by marine mammals are flippers based on dolphin anatomy. Matthew Berger, Smithsonian, "Dolphins Have a Mysterious Network of Veins That Could Be Key to Preventing the Bends," 26 May 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 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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