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 With the win, Hamlin secured advancement to the Round of 12 of the playoffs, and as runner-up, Larson bolstered his big points lead over the remaining playoff drivers. Ellen J. Horrow, USA TODAY, 11 Sep. 2021 This contributed to China’s advancement beyond the U.S. in terms of new foreign direct investments. Robert Ginsburg, Forbes, 11 Sep. 2021 Thomas, who began playing varsity at Foundation during his eighth-grade season, has played a huge role in the program’s advancement. Chris Hays,, 9 Sep. 2021 Back in 2008, Spain's high-speed rail network advancement suffered even more setbacks when the global financial crisis hit the country hard. Ben Jones, CNN, 7 Sep. 2021 Bernard Rose was sophisticated enough to not ignore black advancement but look deeper. Armond White, National Review, 1 Sep. 2021 Democratic lawmakers also raised multiple points of order in attempts to block the bill’s advancement. Morgan O'hanlon, Dallas News, 30 Aug. 2021 The character of the white academic, named Helen Lyle and played by Virginia Madsen, is a proto-Karen, motivated by righteous feminism and yet completely willing to exploit Black trauma as a tool for personal and career advancement. Carvell Wallace, The Atlantic, 27 Aug. 2021 Pigg is the associate dean of institutional research & academic advancement at Southern Union and was chair of the mathematics department in 2019. al, 25 Aug. 2021

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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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17 Sep 2021

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“Advancement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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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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