[ad-vans-muh nt, -vahns-]


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 formsnon·ad·vance·ment, nounself-ad·vance·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-advancement

Contemporary Examples of self-advancement

  • Reflect on true friendships you casually threw under the bus for self-advancement, say, two years ago.

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  • Movement leaders, even myself, made our own plans for self-advancement.

Historical Examples of self-advancement

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

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    Orlo Williams

  • The time has gone by when self-advancement can be gained by modest and unassuming methods.

  • Throughout the five years of the Directorate he had been scheming and working for self-advancement.

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

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


    H. Rider Haggard

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 (def. 10), advance (def. 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

self-advancement in Medicine




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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