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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Lawmakers peppered the general with questions about lack of advancement in the war, and why the Taliban has been gaining control of additional territory. Lolita C. Baldor, The Seattle Times, "US general to Congress: War in Afghanistan is at stalemate," 4 Dec. 2018 But women are perceived much more negatively because those traits run counter to social gender norms, and thus women don't reap the same benefits in terms of career advancement. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Acting like a psychopath is great for male CEOs, not so much for women," 26 Oct. 2018 Rich and powerful men across many different industries have taken advantage of girls and women by either promising or creating scenarios where professional advancement is a possibility. Morgan Jerkins, Teen Vogue, "R. Kelly and Other Powerful Men Have Always Manipulated Their Teen Fans," 9 Jan. 2019 Improvements in technology meant that games would eventually be able to adapt comic art a bit more faithfully, and these advancements were felt in the late 1980s. Michael Thompson, Ars Technica, "Drawn together: The love affair between comics and games," 24 Dec. 2018 The strict walls that shielded Soviet denizens from the West and the rest of the world started seeing cracks, however, when the American National Exhibition came to Moscow in 1959, showing off such tantalizing capitalist advancements as dishwashers. Niree Noel, Allure, "The Evolution of Armenia’s Beauty Industry, According to Women Who Witnessed It," 27 July 2018 The Marlins’ hard-throwing reliever then celebrated just before first pitch as Colombia secured victory and advancement beyond the group stage of the World Cup. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Versatile ace Zack Greinke delivers historic performance in dominating the Marlins," 28 June 2018 All of those 30 paragraphs guarantee that women and men should have equal pay and equal opportunity for advancement and equal rights. Michael Paterniti, GQ, "Jimmy Carter for Higher Office," 26 June 2018 North Korean media, tightly controlled by the state, typically refrains from showcasing foreign advancements. Ben Westcott, CNN, "North Korea state media airs unseen video from Trump-Kim summit," 14 June 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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