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.

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web Maverick zooms into the Naval base on his Kawasaki each day and continues to get his kicks as a daredevil test pilot, resisting the advancement in rank from captain that would have grounded him by now. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 May 2022 After decades of advancement in internal-combustion technology, how could that be? Dan Neil, WSJ, 17 Mar. 2022 In her motion calling for advancement in creating the new department, Kuehl hailed the work already done by the county to begin the process of revamping the justice system. City News Service, Los Angeles Times, 1 Mar. 2022 The offerings tend to vary by industry, but most share a common goal of helping employees become jacks-of-all-trades in different areas of the business, opening up the possibility for advancement in new directions. Fortune, 22 Feb. 2022 Counselors also learned about future job projections, skills required and opportunities for career advancement in those industries. Mike Danahey,, 5 Feb. 2022 The cars vary enormously in price, size and performance, but all were judged based on efficiency, value, advancement in design, engineering excellence, safety, and performance of its intended function, according to MotorTrend. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, 15 Nov. 2021 But the general optimism about the advancement of federal legalization has been galvanized by the Gallup poll released last Thursday. Dario Sabaghi, Forbes, 9 Nov. 2021 The ship is part of the John Lewis-class of replenishment oilers which are named in honor of individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of civil rights. Eleanor Watson, CBS News, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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20 May 2022

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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



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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