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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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  • She did not wish to ruin her sister unless in self-defence, or rather, for the cause of self-advancement.

    Beatrice H. Rider Haggard
  • Papers by the workers themselves are, however, greatest incentives to study and self-advancement.

  • They foresaw that he would not miss such an opportunity for self-advancement, round which he had doubtless built ambitious hopes.

    Royal Highness Thomas Mann
  • His motives—and he was honest, when he so avowed them—were motives of state at least as much as of self-advancement.

  • Disraeli's attacks upon Peel were dictated by the policy of self-advancement.

  • Grattan considered that his chief fault was want of openness and directness of character, together with love of self-advancement.

  • The Bousingots were part of this revolt, but the best of them had no thought of self-advancement.

    Vie de Bohme Orlo Williams
  • Yes,” he admitted, “but I thought your little movement was to be something more than party politics and self-advancement——?

    The Sea Lady Herbert George Wells
British Dictionary definitions for self-advancement


the act or process of improving one's position, education, etc


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
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Word Origin and History for self-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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self-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.

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