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[ad-vans-muh nt, -vahns-] /ædˈvæns mənt, -ˈvɑns-/
an act of moving forward.
promotion in rank or standing; preferment:
She had high hopes for advancement in the company.
Law. money or property given by one person during his or her lifetime to another that is considered an anticipation of an inheritance and is therefore to be deducted from any share that the recipient may have in a donor's estate.
Origin of advancement
1250-1300; Middle English avauncement < Anglo-French, Old French avancement. See advance, -ment
Related forms
nonadvancement, noun
self-advancement, noun Unabridged
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  • His advancement had been rapid, from private to sergeant, and from sergeant to a commission.

    Huts in Hell Daniel A. Poling
  • There has been an advancement in every department of the interests of our Church during the year.

    The Story of My Life Egerton Ryerson
  • They control his waking hours, his conditions of living, and his chances of advancement.

  • Who are they, that contribute most largely to the advancement of piety at home?

    The Young Maiden A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
  • The system answered fairly whilst continual wars gave the professional soldiers opportunities for distinction and advancement.

British Dictionary definitions for advancement


promotion in rank, status, etc; preferment
a less common word for advance (sense 10), advance (sense 11)
(property law) the use during a testator's lifetime of money or property for the benefit of a child or other person who is a prospective beneficiary in the testator's will
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for advancement

c.1300, avauncement, "a raising to a higher rank," from Old French avancement "advancement, profit, advance payment," from avancer (see advance (v.)). Of money, from 1640s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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advancement in Medicine

advancement ad·vance·ment (ād-vāns'mənt)
A surgical procedure in which a tendinous insertion or a skin flap is severed from its attachment and is sutured to a further point on the body.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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