self-ad·​vance·​ment ˌself-əd-ˈvan(t)-smənt How to pronounce self-advancement (audio)
: the act of advancing oneself
Reading from an early age is crucial to educational success and self-advancementSam Ford
Historically, the British aristocracy's defining feature was not a noble aspiration to serve the common weal but a desperate desire for self-advancement.Chris Bryant

Examples of self-advancement in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But in offices where head-down self-advancement was the norm, Bragg amassed friends and allies. Michael Rothfeld Emily Woo Zeller Krish Seenivasan David Mason, New York Times, 9 Apr. 2024 Her willingness to expose Harvard to this embarrassment shows her commitment to her own self-advancement, not to the university. Alexander Hughes, National Review, 4 Jan. 2024 In that spirit of boundless self-advancement, Glück also taught herself to love cooking and eating. Amy X. Wang, New York Times, 22 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1645, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of self-advancement was in 1645

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“Self-advancement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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