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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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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
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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.

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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.

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