[ pri-fur-muh nt ]
/ prɪˈfɜr mənt /


the act of preferring.
the state of being preferred.
advancement or promotion, especially in the church.
a position or office affording social or pecuniary advancement.



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Origin of preferment

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at prefer, -ment Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for preferment

/ (prɪˈfɜːmənt) /


the act of promoting or advancing to a higher position, office, etc
the state of being preferred for promotion or social advancement
the act of preferring
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