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preferment

[pri-fur-muh nt] /prɪˈfɜr mənt/
noun
1.
the act of preferring.
2.
the state of being preferred.
3.
advancement or promotion, especially in the church.
4.
a position or office affording social or pecuniary advancement.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English; see prefer, -ment
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British Dictionary definitions for pre-ferment

preferment

/prɪˈfɜːmənt/
noun
1.
the act of promoting or advancing to a higher position, office, etc
2.
the state of being preferred for promotion or social advancement
3.
the act of preferring
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Word Origin and History for pre-ferment
preferment
mid-15c., from prefer + -ment.
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